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First European standard for accessibility in information technologies

06 February 2014

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Sets the functional requirements that will guarantee that products and services TIC accessible to all people; from mobile phones to computers via web pages, geared towards both public purchases as for other uses.

European standardization bodies TEATRO (European standardisation Committee), CENELEC (European standardisation Committee Yarn) and ETSI (European institute of Normalization of telecommunications) have approved the first European standard of accessibility for products and services of information technologies and communication (TICK).

This rule, AT 301 549 ‘ accessibility requirements suitable for the procurement of goods and services TIC in Europa ’, provides functional requirements that will guarantee that products and services TIC accessible to all people; for example, from a mobile phone, until computers via web pages; thus, the requirements for the web are based on the guidelines of web content accessibility WCAG 2.0, developed by W3C, still in line with those in the Spanish rule UNE 139803, ‘ accessibility requirements for contents in the Web ’. Furthermore, the European standard describes the procedures for testing and assessment methodology of each of them.

Esta norma es el resultado del mandato 376  de la Comisión Europea para elaborar un estándar europeo, con la participación de todas las partes interesadas y por consenso. AENOR (Opens in new window) has played the secretariat of the working group.

El documento, cuya publicación está prevista a lo largo de febrero, está orientado tanto a compras públicas como al resto de usos; de hecho, la directiva europea de compras públicas, recientemente aprobada por el Parlamento Europeo, contempla la aplicación de requisitos de accesibilidad para las personas con discapacidad. La norma será adoptada próximamente al catálogo español como UNE-EN 301 549 por parte de AENOR, la entidad legalmente responsable del desarrollo de las normas técnicas en España.

The joint working group responsible for documents consists of a very representative sample of stakeholders: industry leaders (Microsoft, IBM, Blackberry, Adobe, Nokia or Siemens, among others), independent organizations (W3C), associations of users and disabled (EDF, ANEC), universities (UPM Polytechnic -Universidad of Madrid-) or public administration (European Commission, Spanish Ministry of health, social services and equality), among others.

Las normas técnicas contienen las buenas prácticas y el consenso del mercado respecto a la mejor forma de abordar procesos importantes para las organizaciones y para la sociedad en general y, por tanto, reducen notablemente la incertidumbre empresarial a la hora de afrontar un nuevo mercado o proceso. Las normas se elaboran con la participación de las partes implicadas en cada caso y son fruto del consenso.

In addition to this European standard, have also been adopted three technical reports thereto:

  •  TR 101 550 'Documentos correspondientes a la norma EN 301 549 ‘Requisitos de accesibilidad adecuados para la contratación pública de productos y servicios TIC en Europa’.
  • TR 101 551 ‘ guidelines for the use of the award criteria relating to accessibility suitable for the procurement of goods and services in europe TIC ”.
  •  TR 101 552 ‘Directrices para la evaluación de la conformidad en los requisitos de accesibilidad para la contratación pública de productos y servicios TIC en Europa’.

Is also developing an online software tool that will help that, depending on the functional requirements that may be required, it can draw up lists tailored to the requirements applicable, drawing the most relevant information of the four documents.

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