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RE: Dutch government websites adopt form of WCAG

From: Yvette Hoitink <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 19:49:18 +0200
To: 'Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG' <rscano@iwa-italy.org>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-id: <013801c6aced$fd7e5760$d200a8c0@heritas.local>

Ciao Roberto and the rest,

The Dutch web guidelines include the requirement: "Bij de bouw van een
nieuwe website: gebruik van HTML 4.01 of XHTML 1.0 de Strict variant." which
translates to:
"When building a new website, use the Strict variant of HTML 4.01 or XHTML
1.0".

So yes, it's similar to the Italian requirement.

Yvette Hoitink

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Roberto Scano 
> - IWA/HWG
> Sent: maandag 17 juli 2006 23:47
> To: 'Yvette Hoitink'; w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Subject: RE: Dutch government websites adopt form of WCAG
> 
> 
> Hi Yvette,
> What means this?
> 
> Bij de bouw van een nieuwe website: gebruik van HTML 4.01 of 
> XHTML 1.0 de Strict variant.
> 
> Is like the 1st Requirement of italian law that ask that all 
> new web sites should use the Strict DTD?
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Yvette Hoitink
> Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 8:06 PM
> To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Subject: FYI: Dutch government websites adopt form of WCAG
> 
> 
> 
> Hello everyone,
> 
> For your information:
> Lately, the Dutch parliament has made a major decision about 
> accessibility of government websites. The Dutch version of 
> the decision can be found here:
> http://webrichtlijnen.overheid.nl/besluit/tekst-besluit-en-toe
> lichting/
> 
> Translation: (comments marked YPH)
> 
> <translation>
> Decision quality of government websites
> 
> The minister of domestic affairs and Kingdom relations, 
> [equivalent to Home secretary in the US, YPH]
> 
> Considering that the Second Chamber [Dutch parliament, YPH], 
> by motion of Aasten-Madsen and Fierens of 26 April, has 
> pronounced the wish that government websites need to be 
> accessible to all citizens,
> 
> Considering that it is desired that the federal government 
> harmonizes with the international guidelines as formulated by 
> the international World Wide Web Consortium (W3C),
> 
> Considering	that Dutch guidelines have been developed to apply these
> guidelines in practice,
> 
> Acting in accordance with the sentiments of the council of ministers,
> 
> Decides:
> 
> Article 1
> The secretary concerned will ensure that the federal 
> government websites will comply to the web guidelines, as 
> written down in the appendix to this decision.
> 
> Article 2
> 1. This decision is effective on 1 September 2006.
> 2. Existing websites of the Dutch government will comply to 
> the web guidelines no later than 31 December 2010.
> 
> </translation>
> 
> The appendix contains these Dutch web guidelines, which are 
> based on WCAG but go beyond that to ensure content is not 
> only accessible but also usable, robust and maintainable. 
> 
> Examples of things covered by these web guidelines:
> * separate of structure and presentation
> * use valid code
> * do not use deprecated elements
> * do not use frames
> * do not use layout tables
> * use unique, fixed URLs
> * conform to WCAG 1.0. 
> * indicate required fields
> * provide multiple ways to contact the organization (address, 
> telephone,
> e-mail)
> * allow the user to archive his reaction
> * do not use reset buttons on a form
> * set up error pages (404s etc) that provide mechanisms to 
> find his way within the site.
> 
> Yvette Hoitink
> Heritas, Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands
> E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
> WWW: http://www.heritas.nl 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Received on Friday, 21 July 2006 17:50:00 GMT

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