W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

This page contains material from a presentation at the WAI Best Practices Exchange Training in Madrid, Spain in February 2004. It is not intended to stand-alone; rather, it is primarily provided as reference material for participants in the training.

Web Accessibility Policies from Denmark, Norway, and the EU

Helle Bjarn&olash;, Videncenter for Synshandicap (Visual Impairment Information Centre)

Last updated: 12 October 2004

Web Accessibility Policies from Denmark

Disability no Hindrance

Action plan by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, which put focus on accessibility in the IT- and telecom area in the Danish society.

Center of Competence in the National IT- and Telecom Agency

Purpose: to strengthen the consciousness in the public sector about accessibility

Establishment of an investment fund of DKK 5 million (approx EUR 673,000)

The goal of the fund is to support the development of products and services, which includes disabled people in the network society

Best on the Web

National project from 2001 - 2003 evaluating public web sites (more than 1500 sites). Has been an important driver in motivating all authorities to develop websites of high quality, usability and accessibility.

There was specific attention to accessibility-issues as a consequence of the focus generated by the disability year 2003. An important part of the rating system looks at Web Accessibility. It was not possible to obtain the maximum rating if the homepage was not accessible.

Planed activities

The Center of Competence is working on or planning to make:

Best on the Web

Web Accessibility Policies from Norway


This information is kindly supplied by Harald J&olash;rgensen, Department of IT-strategy and statistics, The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs

E-Norway 2005

Status of Public web sites June 2003.

ICT strategy for 2003 - 2005:

Public Information on the Internet must be compliant to the WAI Standards, announced as official policy by the government on June 13th 2003

ROBACC - ROBot assessing web ACCessibility

Purpose of the project: Develop an Internet robot assessing the accessibility of web sites.

Web Accessibility Policies from Denmark, Norway, and the EU

European Union Initiatives

Accessibility is an interpretation of non-discrimination. Improving eAccessibility at the European level are of three main types:

eEurope 2002: An information society for all

Public sector web sites and their content in Member States and in the European Institutions must be designed to be accessible to ensure that citizens with disabilities can access information and take full advantage of the potential for e-government. In relation to 'designing-in' accessibility to all information society technologies, training for designers in this area is relatively new and therefore fragmented across Europe.

eEurope 2005: An information society for all

Council Resolution on the implementation of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan

Progress during eEurope 2002

Different approaches in Member Countries

Countries with legislation

Countries with non-binding soft laws

W3C/WAI Policies Relating to Web Accessibility. Links to governmental policies that have some bearing on accessibility of government, commercial, and/or other kinds of Web sites.