E-Marketing in Minneapolis David Vinge, eMarketing Dashboard: Web Standards in China

Monday, December 29, 2008

Web Standards in China

Currently in China there is a weak business case for Web standards for a number of reasons. For one Internet Explorer 6 is still the dominant browser with a 95% market share. In general people are tied into using IE6 as most e-commence sites rely on ActiveX to work. This means that there is a trend towards building web pages that only work in IE6 with other browsers given less focus. This is gradually changing however with the rise of alternative browsers such as Opera, Safari and Firefox and Google Chrome.

But China ratified the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in July of 2008. They now have to legally support access to information, recreation, employment and education. As Article 9 states:

“State Parties shall also take appropriate measures to…promote access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the Internet”.

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