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In a sweeping online initiative, the New Zealand government has set a 1 January 2006 deadline for all government websites to comply (article no longer available) with the national accessibility guidelines. The mandates were issued in the spirit of ensuring New Zealanders’ right of access to government information and services — pages must be able to function without requiring JavaScript, HTML alternatives must be provided to PDFs, and sites should be friendly to Internet connections as slow as 9.6kbps.

So if you’re a standards-devoted developer or designer living in New Zealand, it’s not a bad time to be freelancing.

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