New W3C decision might affect persons with disabilities

A concern has been raised about the rights of persons with disabilities to adequately use media content in the scope of a recent W3C working group proposal on strengthening the use of the Encrypted Media Extension. It has been noted that media content on the Internet must take into account the needs of persons with disabilities, for example, in adding alternate text titles for images, or strobe light warnings, and ensuring that screen readers work with web pages. This may become difficult, or illegal, with the new set of standards. EFF’s appeal of the W3C director’s decision on Encrypted Media Extensions and other news articles offer more information and positions on this situation.