The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been officially translated into Dutch. The guidelines contain a large number of recommendations that can be used by webmasters, content creators and online marketers to make digital products more accessible. It is of great importance that the internet can be used by everyone, including people with disabilities.
The Dutch web guidelines
Stichting Accessibility, in collaboration with 22 Dutch and Belgian parties, has translated the originally English-language guidelines into Dutch. Demand for the application of digital accessibility is increasing, as from 23 September 2020 (semi)government bodies are obliged to comply with these guidelines. Accessible digital products are also very important for commercial organisations. After all, users who cannot use websites, apps and software, or cannot use them properly, will switch to a competitor that does take their needs into account.
Even for professionals, the WCAG guidelines are difficult to understand, making them inaccessible. We have explained the WCAG in regular Dutch on this page. In addition, the recommendations are categorised by difficulty level. The full translation can be found on this page from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Tools for digital accessibility
The Accessibility Desk is committed to making the Internet accessible to everyone. We do this not only using the summarised and simplified web guidelines. Below is an overview of tools for organisations on digital accessibility.
Scrum card game
The web guidelines act as tools that can be used when realising greater digital accessibility. Especially for team members with less technical knowledge or affinity, sifting through the guidelines can be a task. To ensure that digital accessibility comes to life within a team or department, the scrum card game ‘Thinking in limitations’ can be used.
Developed by Digitaal Toegankelijk, this card game helps to learn the do’s and don’ts regarding digital accessibility in an approachable way. It also introduces different constraints and gives directly applicable tips for development in this area. Read more about the Thinking in Limitations card game here.
In our online knowledge base, a lot of knowledge on the subject is shared completely free of charge. Web and app builders, editors and marketers can find information on practical issues around digital accessibility here. In addition, a weekly blog article is uploaded to the news section of the website with practical tips, relevant news or research. Topics covered include optimising content for screen readers, taking into account people with ADHD or keyboard users and tips for developing a dementia-friendly website.
Advice on digital accessibility
Besides the practical online knowledge we share, we also offer 1-to-1 advice for organisations and companies, develop digital products and organise test groups including people with disabilities. This way, a website or other digital product is guaranteed to be accessible to everyone. Want to find out more about how we work? Contact us directly for more information.