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Harmonization & Standardization Zone

The use of standardization to promote ICT accessibility is key in the accessibility movement. This Expert Zone will invite a number of experts on harmonization and standardization issues related ICT accessibility to blog and launch interactive discussions that will further explore developments in this area.

Harmonization & Standardization Blog: Hajime Yamada

Hajime Yamada Hajime Yamada is a Professor in the Department of Economics in Toyo University, Japan and is a Member of the Engineering Academy of Japan.

Professor Yamada kicks off the Harmonization & Standardization Expert Zone by presenting his views on one of the most widely-debated topics in the area of accessibility standardization: third party certification versus self-declaration. To help launch the discussion on this topic on the G3ict Web site, G3ict will post information in favor of and against third party certification. Read Professor Yamada's introduction and overview of his paper titled "ICT Accessibility Standardization and Its Use in Policy Measures".

Welcome to the Harmonization & Standardization Blog!

Additional Resources

Information Technology Industry Council's Paper on Suppliers Declaration and ICT Accessibility
This paper outlines the European Council's new conformity assessment system of "Supplier's Declaration of Conformity" (SDoC). In this regard, it discusses the role of SDoC in eAccessibility and the benefits of Internal Accessibility Training to allow manufacturers to monitor their own accessibility standards.

Executive Interview with Intel's Craig Barrett
Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of the Intel Corporation, sheds his light on the importance for global technology standards, interoperability, and commonality.

Clas Thoren, Development Strategist at Verva, the Swedish Administrative Development Agency, offers a response to Professor Hajime Yamada's white paper titled "ICT Accessibility Standardization and Its Use in Policy Measures."

European Accessibility Requirements in Public ICT Procurement: 4th Public draft announcement (ETSI DTR 102 612, version 40)

The three European Standardization Organizations have set up two parallel project teams to carry out the work specified in the European Commission "Mandate 376 to CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, in Support of Accessibility Requirements for Public Procurement of Products and Services in the ICT Domain".

ETSI TC Human Factors Specialist Task Force 333 is developing ETSI DTR 102 612. Further details about the work performed by STF333 (e.g, Terms of Reference, specification of the detailed work tasks, time plan for the work, previous drafts, listing of comments received and means to contact us) can be found at http://portal.etsi.org/stfs/STF_HomePages/STF333/STF333.asp

The parts relating to the assessment of suitable testing and conformity schemes will be carried out by the parallel project, in CEN BT/WG185/PT (for further information, see http://www.econformance.eu/ ). The two projects are closely coordinated.

Assessment of the Status of eAccessibility in Europe

This Executive Summary of Measuring Progress of eAccessibility in Europe (MeAC) is a report from a study commissioned by the European Commission in 2006 as a follow up to the eAccessibility Communication of 2005. The basic aim was the provide an evidence base to support the future development of EU policy in the eAccessibility field.

Joint ANEC-EDF Position on eAccessibility

This joint ANEC-EDF position paper expresses views on the accessibility of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) products and services by consumers of all ages and abilities.

Web Accessibility in Context, an Investigation into Standardisation Issues

This study has set out to investigate the apparent gap between current published guidelines on accessibility and the current practice of web developers, and the tools used by the developers to create accessible websites.