IP, Technology & Data

The British Standards Institute has just released a new draft of the proposed new British Standard, BS 8878:2010: Web Accessibility – A Code of Practice.

The proposed standard will replace the existing Publicly Available Specification on commissioning accessible websites (PAS78: 2006 Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites), and will provide a code of practice for those designing websites. It is not intended as technical guidance, or to replace existing technical standards or guidelines (such as the W3C‘s WCAG, but rather provide guidance (or a “process map”) to those involved in the commissioning process.

This second draft follows a previous consultation in December 2008. The intention is that the new standard will be finalised in November this year. Going forward, it is likely that organisations looking to commission new websites and online services will increasingly refer to compliance with BS 8878.

You can take part in the consultation at by visiting the BSI online consultation page.

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Martin Sloan

Partner at Brodies LLP
Martin is a partner in Brodies Technology, Information and Outsourcing group and has wide experience of advising clients on technology procurement and IT and business process outsourcing projects. Martin also advises on data protection (including the GDPR), and general technology and intellectual property law, and has a particular interest in the laws applying to social media and new technology such as mobile apps, contactless/mobile payments, and smart metering.
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