The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) was launched by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1997. It is an effort to improve the accessibility of the World Wide Web (WWW) for people with disabilities. Legislation was enacted in 1998 that mandates improved access both for federal employees and the public. In addition, rules developed by the Electronic and Information Technology Access Advisory Committee have been implemented by agencies to ease access issues.
- ↑ Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Pub. L. No. 105-220, amended Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. §794d. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 extended similar provisions beyond the federal government.
- ↑ Government bodies working on accessibility include the General Services Administration's Center for IT Accommodation and the U.S. Department of Defense's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program.