BS 8878 Web Accessibility

Learn about the new standard helping you create fully accessible web services!

7 December 2010  | 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

BS 8878 Web Accessibility. Code of practice is the new standard from BSI designed to help you provide accessible and enjoyable web experiences for disabled and elderly users. Building fully accessible web services will enable you to reach a wider community of potential users and will ensure compliance with parts of the new Equality Bill.

For many disabled people, access to the internet allows interaction with the community and to keep up to date with current affairs. However, unless a website contains accessibility features, usability can be extremely limited.

With the growth of technology advancing rapidly it can be difficult for older internet users to keep up, particularly if their sight or hearing is deteriorating. Features such as text size adjustment and subtitles on embedded videos can be of particular benefit, which is where following the guidance outlined in BS 8878 can help.

Attend the morning launch event to find out from subject matter experts how BS 8878 can benefit your business or organization.

Stay for the complimentary lunch to celebrate the publication of the standard where you will have the opportunity to network with your peers and with members of the committee who designed and wrote BS 8878.

This event is now full but we are operating a waiting list, if you wish to register for the waiting list please email If places become available you will be notified by Friday, 19th November.


Registration: 09.00
Sessions begin: 09.30
Sessions end: 12.15
Networking lunch: 12.15-13.30 

Jonathan Hassell
BBC Future Media & Technology
Chair, BS 8878 Committee

Struan Robertson
Pinsent Masons LLP

Léonie Watson

Ben Brown

Graeme Whippy
Lloyds Banking Group

Michelle Valentine
Disability Forward

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Please note timings are provided for guidance only and may be subject to change.

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Agenda - 7 December 2010


09.30 Chairman’s Introduction

  • How BS 8878 can help site owners understand the process behind making web products accessible
  • User-needs consideration, from initial requirements gathering through to selection of technologies
  • The importance of testing and maintenance Dealing with user-feedback on accessibility.

Jonathan Hassell
Head of Usability and Accessibility, BBC Future Media & Technology
Chair BSI IST/45

09.50 BS 8878 as part of the wider BSI picture

  • The decision to move from PAS 78 to BS 8878
  • How it fits with the existing portfolio of standards
  • Working alongside consumer public interest representatives to develop robust standards.

Shirley Bailey-Wood
Operations Director, BSI

10.20 Web accessibility and the law

  • The current law on web accessibility (and how has it changed)
  • How it applies to the web products in use today
  • What your organization needs to do to comply.

Struan Robertson
Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP

10.40 Q&A

10.45 Refreshments and networking

11.00  Experience is everything - A case study with BSkyB & Nomensa

  • BSkyB's web accessibility goals and motivations
  • Nomensa's web accessibility solutions and success metrics
  • BSkyB & Nomensa's web accessibility journey

Léonie Watson
Director of Accessibility, Nomensa

Ben Brown
Responsibility Manager, BSkyB

11.20  Case study: Lloyds TSB

  • Why web accessibility is important for Lloyds Banking Group.
  • What we’ve done to raise our game.
  • The benefits we’re seeing.
  • The need for “professionalising” accessibility and the goals of the OneVoice coalition.
  • How BS8878 supports OneVoice and vice versa.

Graeme Whippy
Senior Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

11.40 Q&A

11.45 PANEL SESSION: Beyond BS 8878

  • The benefits of involving disabled people in writing and producing standards
  • Procuring ICT products: what are your legal obligations?
  • Future trends in ICT and accessibility standardization.

Michelle Valentine, Director, Disability Forward
Rory Heap, National Offender Management Service (Ministry of Justice)
Waqas Chauhdry, Managing Director, DEO Consultancy UK

Launch timings
Registration: 09:00
Sessions begin: 09:30
Sessions end: 12:15
Networking lunch: 12:15 - 13:30

Please note timings are provided for guidance only and may be subject to change.

Delegates are invited to a complimentary lunch at the close of the morning sessions to celebrate the publication of BS 8878. The lunch is an ideal forum for networking opportunities and to discuss the day’s findings.

About BS 8878

BS 8878 Web accessibility. Code of practice has been designed to introduce accessibility, usability and user experience for disabled people to non-technical professionals, some of whom may be completely new to this subject. It gives guidance on process, rather than on technical and design issues.

BS 8878 will be of interest to web developers and those who have an interest in the success of an organization's website, as an employee or customer. By making web accessibility the subject of a British Standard, BSI hopes that accessibility will be regarded as one of the essential building blocks on which any public website or intranet is built.

Coming Soon - Why not register your interest?

Why are accessible websites so important?
BSI's Chairman for BS8878, Jonathan Hassell, Head of Usability & Accessibility, BBC Future Media & Technology explains in the BSI video. Watch it here.

Who should attend the launch of BS 8878 for web accessibility?

All those responsible for creating and owning accessible web content and/or services including:
  • Business owners
  • Marketing managers
  • Web managers
  • Website programmers
  • Website designers
  • Technical IT managers
  • Heads of IT.

Sponsorship Opportunities

BSI are renowned for producing high quality conferences, masterclasses and briefings across a wide range of industries. We combine the sector-specific insight of our research committees with the creativity and professionalism of our in-house conferences team to deliver timely and informative events of the highest calibre.

We understand that different companies have different marketing and business objectives - that’s why the sponsorship and exhibition opportunities we offer are truly bespoke and designed to meet your needs and expectations. If you would like to engage with high-level delegates and industry experts, whilst at the same time aligning your company with an award-winning brand, then we can create a package that ticks all of your boxes.

Our range of sponsorship packages will help you:
  • Showcase your products and services to senior decision makers in your industry
  • Increase brand awareness within your target market
  • Differentiate your products and services from those of your competitors
  • Maintain existing relationships and generate new leads for future business

For further details on our sponsorship opportunities and how they can augment your marketing strategy, please contact:

Asky Desta
Sponsorship Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 7371
Fax: +44 (0)20 8996 7888


“Exhibiting at the BS 8878 launch event on 7 December proved very useful from both networking and profile-raising points of view. We were able to effectively reach many of the delegates attending the event because of the time given to networking and physical arrangement of the exhibition area.”

Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion

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