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The British Standards Institution’s Publicly Available Specification “Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites” is now available free of charge and for nothing from the Disability Rights Commission. Yay!

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#1 On June 29th, 2006 4:02 pm Isofarro replied:

Just to put it on the public record: Thank you DRC and BSI for making this document available for free!

#2 On June 29th, 2006 6:14 pm Jim replied:

Good first step, but it’s got absolutely crazy terms & conditions.

We can’t take extracts from the work and include them in documentation? We can’t exploit the work commercially?

So basically, web developers aren’t allowed to describe how they satisfy various parts of this specification.

We can only print out one hard copy? Why?

And we’ve got to agree to being spammed before we can download the specification? Great.

#3 On June 29th, 2006 6:32 pm Jon Gibbins (dotjay) replied:

Excellent news! Well done to all those involved in making this possible.

#4 On June 30th, 2006 4:54 am Cola Richmond replied:

This is super news. Our dog-eared £30 hardcopy is covered in coffee cup stains, orange highlighter ink and never in the place that we left it. Thank-goodness for PDFs.

#5 On June 30th, 2006 8:15 am Tomas Caspers replied:

Jim, no matter what the terms and conditions claim, citing is perfectly legal.

#6 On June 30th, 2006 11:03 am » Blog Archive » PAS78 download for free! replied:

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#7 On July 3rd, 2006 5:14 am » Technikwürze #28 — cne _LOG Archiv replied:

[...] Wie das Web Standards Project verkündete, ist die Richtlinie PAS78 nun kostenlos verfügbar. Die PAS78 ist eine Empfehlung für Unternehmer, die zugängliche Webseiten erstellen lassen wollen, steht für die Publicly Available Specification mit dem Titel “Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites” und wird von der British Standards Institution entwickelt. Den kostenlosen Download erhaltet ihr hier: “Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites” [...]

#8 On July 3rd, 2006 7:04 am Matt Richards replied:

Sod’s law I’ve gone and bought it days before the DRC began sponsorship! I want my money back!

#9 On July 3rd, 2006 10:08 pm tyler replied:


#10 On July 5th, 2006 3:49 am Britney’s Blog » PAS78 available free of charge replied:

[...] PAS78 available free of charge [...]

#11 On July 10th, 2006 3:55 pm Bonnie replied:


#12 On July 13th, 2006 10:27 am Chris replied:

I am noticing a lot of formatting errors in this document. I will compile a list of these as I read through it and send it to them.

#13 On July 17th, 2006 5:03 am Ivan replied:

Finally, good news for sure

#14 On July 20th, 2006 6:18 am Dashing Reverie » Blog Archive » Guide to commissioning accessible websites replied:

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#15 On August 9th, 2006 4:58 pm Loïc replied:

I think it’s a good projet thanks

#16 On August 12th, 2006 2:47 pm Ger replied:

I liked document, however, placing copyright notices
on it is not only silly, it’s down right stupid!
There are hundreds of websites explaining accessibility standards saying exactly what is in this document, and, in fact, explaining the contents in far greater detail! And freely giving it away!
If you want web authors to introduce accessibility standards into their websites you are going to have allow more freedom for authors to “Spread The Word”.

#17 On October 29th, 2006 5:13 pm Jessica’s Blog » Blog Archive » PAS78 available free of charge replied:

[...] PAS78 available free of charge [...]

#18 On October 29th, 2006 11:05 pm Todd Kaaihue replied:


#19 On November 1st, 2006 1:59 am Mobility Man replied:

Excellent to hear. I heard on the grapevine that this was the case and finally the sponsorship has come through – sorry to all the folk that have already paid for it. This example of sharing such important information will hopefully continue so web accessibility becomes a more common practice.

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