Today Lisa Harvey posted an excellent post on accessibility for the Government 2.0 Taskforce. Which immediately prompted some lively commenting on the post.
On person asked if the Government needed to impose the Federal Government’s laws regarding content publishing standards to consituents submission formats.
The short answer to the question is a resounding no. There is a simple answer as well which is Business Transformation, rather than impose a law on constituents the documents should be transformed during the submission process, some Federal and State Government departments already have the technology in place to do this. The issue is they have not yet identified the business need to write the business process to do this. It really is quite simple for those departments to implement an automated process which takes all the words and formatting from the submissions and converts them to all of the required formats with full accessibility applied, and all without any need for physical human interaction.