In today’s digital society it’s essential that everyone has the same opportunity to access the benefits that the internet has to offer.

In Brussels on Tuesday 3 May 2016, negotiators of the European Parliament agreed on the first EU-wide rules to make public sector body websites and apps more accessible, especially for the blind, the deaf and hard of hearing.

What does this mean for my website?

This common approach will ensure that website accessibility contributes to an inclusive digital society and unlocks the benefits of the Digital Single Market.

The agreed text of the Directive:

  • covers websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies with a limited number of exceptions (e.g. broadcasters, live streaming)
  • refers to the standards to make websites and mobile apps more accessible. For example, such standards foresee that there should be a text for images or that websites can be browsed without a mouse which can be difficult to use for some people with disabilities
  • requires regular monitoring and reporting of public sector websites and mobile apps by Member States. These reports will have to be communicated to the Commission and be made public

Once the directive is formally approved, Member States will have 21 months to transpose the text into national legislation.

Thinking about website accessibility should be part of your ongoing website development. We are passionate about accessibility at Post Creative so if you want to get ahead of the rest, talk to us about a free accessibility audit.

Read the European Commission – press release