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IEC Offers Free Technical Report on Accessibility for Multimedia Systems and Equipment


New York, Oct 11, 2010

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is offering free downloads of a Technical Report (TR) on audio, video, and multimedia systems and equipment activities and considerations related to accessibility and usability.

The TR is being offered in cooperation with this year’s theme for World Standards Day: accessibility for all. Around the world, nations celebrating World Standards Day 2010 recognized the critical role of model codes, standards, and conformity assessment activities in developing and maintaining the built environment, products, technologies, and systems that are accessible for persons with special needs.

IEC/TR 62678, Audio, video, and multimedia systems and equipment activities and considerations related to accessibility and usability, provides information on accessibility and usability terms, activities, completed and ongoing standards, technical reports, and projects, and specifies user needs that may or may not apply to audio, video, and multimedia systems and equipment.

It also contains a user-friendly checklist of accessibility and usability considerations. The information provided in the TR may be applied by industry experts who are evaluating opportunities to integrate support for accessibility and usability.

To access the free TR, click here.


The U.S. Celebration of World Standard Day 2010 was held on September 23, 2010, with an exhibition, reception, and dinner in Washington, DC. Click here to see the related news item.

Additionally, the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee held a Standards for Accessibility exhibition that brought together nearly one hundred Congressional staff members, representatives, and other stakeholders on Capitol Hill. To learn more, see the related news item.

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