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WCAG 2.1 adopted in European standard EN 301 549

The European Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services standard EN 301 549, has recently been updated to include support for the new World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility GUidelines (WCAG) 2.1 standard.

W3C has confirmed that the update will specificly relate to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) including, web content, electronic documents and non-web software, such as native mobile apps.

In addition to the announcement being good news for Europe, it is likely to have positive implications for Australia as the Australian accessible procurement standard is closely related to the European standard.

The announcement marks a significant shift in the delivery of accessibility requirements as WCAG 2.1 requires a greater effort in the accessibility of web content on mobile devices. Additional information on the announcement can be found on the W3C WCAG 2.1 Adoption in Europe announcement page.

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