Website Accessibility Requirements

Ancient Synogogue In Jericho (Na'aran)

New regulations governing website accessibility for disabled people recently entered into force in Israel.

The regulations require Internet websites to comply with Israeli standard 5568, which is based on the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. The main differences between the Israeli standard and the W3C standard concern the requirements to provide captions and texts for audio and video media. The Israeli standards are somewhat more lenient, reflecting the current technical difficulties in providing such captions and texts in Hebrew.

The regulations apply both to government Internet websites as well as to a wide swath of (but not all) private Internet websites. Failure to comply with the regulations can result in a fine of up to 50,000 NIS. In certain circumstances, officers and directors of the company can also be subject to statutory fines. Additional enforcement mechanisms also exist.

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