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« Statewatch: EU openness, transparency and democracy | Main | USA: Government Transparency Initiatives Rebooted. What about EU? »

February 18, 2009

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http://www.alistapart.com/articles/indefenseofreaders


The Information Providers Guide (IPG) is intended for information publishers on EUROPA (webmasters, editors, developers, coordinators, contractors, etc.). The guide covers all aspects of publishing on the EUROPA site, describing the relevant editorial, technical and presentation standards in force, as well as providing a wide range of recommendations based on best practices.

The rules set out in the IPG are compulsory in order to ensure a coherent and user-friendly service to the users. The IPG is freely available on EUROPA in English, and is a living document which is regularly updated.

http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/index_en.htm

Use Case: Plain Language – Deliver Government Information and Services Using the Language of the Intended Audience
URL http://www.w3.org/2007/eGov/IG/wiki/Use_Case_13_-_Plain_Language

See also
* Webcontent.gov best practice: http://www.usa.gov/webcontent/managing_content/writing_and_editing.shtml
* PlainLanguage.gov: http://www.plainlanguage.gov/

EUROPA - Web Accessibility Policy
sse http://europa.eu/geninfo/accessibility_policy_en.htm

All the official websites of the EU institutions – collectively known as EUROPA - should follow international guidelines for accessible web content, so they can be accessed and understood by as many people as possible without discrimination.
The guidelines we aim to follow are the Web content accessibility (WCAG) guidelines (version 1.0) issued by the World wide web consortium (W3C) as part of the Web accessibility initiative.
All new EUROPA sites should meet the criteria for level A (priority 1) compliance – the basic standards recommended by the WCAG guidelines.
Some of the introductory “top-level” pages on EUROPA already have a “W3C – WAI A” logo on them to show they comply with the level A guidelines. We are working to bring as many lower-level pages as possible up to the same standard of accessibility (though these do not need a logo).

For more information on what we are doing, see our own guidelines on producing accessible webpages.

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