The CIAJ has announced that the "JIS X 8341-4: Guidelines for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities – Information and Communications Equipment, Software and Services – Part 4: Telecommunications Equipment" has been deliberated by the Japan Industrial Standards Committee, established as a JIS standard, and notified in an official government gazette. These guidelines define items which are essential and items which are desirable from an accessibility standpoint in the planning, development and design stages so that telecommunications equipment can be operated without difficulty by all people, including older persons and persons with disabilities.
▪ Highest tiers of the standard ISO/IEC Guide 71: “Guidelines for standards developers to address the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities” were translated into JIS standard JIS Z8071. (* 1)
▪ Middle tiers of the standard The JIS Z8071 mentioned above was used as the basis for JIS X8341-1 “Guidelines for older persons and persons with disabilities – information and communications equipment, software and services – Part 1: Common Guidelines.”
▪ Lower tiers of the standard Separate specifications for individual equipment. (* 2)
The JIS standard established on Oct. 20th are categorized in the lower tiers.
*1 Guidelines to be applied when creating not only ICT-related standards, but any standard incorporating accessibility considerations.
*2 Part 2: Information Processing Equipment (JIS X8341-2), and Part 3: Web Content (JIS X8341-3) have already been established.
Outline of the Standard
1) Info-Communications Access Council released the second edition of the “Telecommunications Accessibility Guidelines for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities” on May 26, 2004.
Significance of Standardization
International Standardization Measures
As for international standardization, preparations for an ITU-T Recommendation on accessibility for telecommunications equipment and services in 2006 are under way, based on a proposal submitted by Japan to SG16.