ACCESS

ACCESS

Internet is currently widely used form of media which should be available to all citizens. Web pages should be designed so that their contents and services are available to all users so they can fully interact, regardless of their personal conditions or means of using Internet services.
For this reason, the public administration is making a great effort both in terms of legislation and technical matters to adapt its contents and services, thus making them available to as many citizens as possible. In section 34/2002 of a law passed on 11th July, related to information services and e-commerce, it is stipulated that “The public administration bodies will take any necessary steps to ensure that information available on their respective Internet web pages shall be accessible to disabled people and elderly people, following the widely recognized criteria by which information should be easily accessible…”

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), set up in 1994 with the objective of discussing, reaching consensus, creating and publishing web standards, created the initiative known as Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) which has defined a series of norms, guidelines, techniques and recommendations with which to publish the principles of web accessibility to companies, governments, institutions, entrepreneurs and users. Amongst these recommendations, there are different points which need to be addressed and not all of them have the same importance regarding the impact they may have on users. To begin with, three levels of conformity (A, AA y AAA) have been defined and they contain different points of verification.

This web page is currently adhered to level A on the scale since it complies with the basic requirements laid down by which some users can access to documents on the web, following recommendations W3C-WAI.
Further information available at http://www.w3.org/WAI/




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