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No. 83 Adherence to formal accessibility guidelines in European organisations

Are there formal guidelines for making website accessible to people with special needs?

Base: Establishments with online presence, weighted column percentages
Questions: G1a, G2
Source: SIBIS DMS 2002

Internet content providers have been encouraged to improve their online accessibility, primarily by following and adopting relevant accessibility standards, the best example of which is the website accessibility initiative (WAI). However, the levels of adherence to some formal accessibility guidelines (being a good proxy for WAI) appear to be rather low amongst European companies, with only one-in-ten having undertaken this particular accessibility-related course of action.

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