Accessibility means ensuring that there are no barriers for preventing interaction with websites or documents. Ensuring an accessible website is now mandatory under law for the public sector. In making a page or document accessible, I frequently have to:

  • Add image descriptions to graphic elements used in non-decorative manners.
  • Ensure the logical hierarchy of the document (e.g. heading levels)
  • Ensure that abbreviations are explained
  • Ensure that for screenreaders that words that are pronounced as per other languages (e.g. English jargon in a German text) are marked accordingly.

This helps ensure that our reports, soft law publications etc. are accessible to all intended readers regardless of whether or not they have a visual impairment.

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