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Understanding Guidelines for Indian Government Websites


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Understanding Guidelines for Indian Government Websites, India by BarrierBreak aims at bringing out the importance of the guidelines, understanding its objectives and how one needs to implement it.

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Understanding Guidelines for Indian Government Websites

  1. 1. Understanding Guidelines for Indian Government Websites By Mamta Tandel Head – Accessible Development BarrierBreak Technologies
  2. 2. Indian Scenario <ul><li>Civil right of people with disabilities in India for: </li></ul><ul><li>Equal O pportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Equal P articipation </li></ul><ul><li>Equal A ccess </li></ul>Understanding needs of different types of disabilities is important
  3. 3. Types of Disabilities <ul><li>Functional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disabilities caused due to some sort of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>physical, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mental & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sensory disability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Situational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inability to perform an action, in a given situation, or under certain circumstances </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Age related </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As we grow older we may get low vision or mobility impairment and need assistance </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Problems faced by the Disabled <ul><li>Traveling , Communication, Education, Employment, Leisure </li></ul>Communication Education Employment Leisure
  5. 5. Discuss… <ul><li>Let us discuss some of the common problems faced by different types of disabilities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Points to think… <ul><li>So what exactly should a website have in order to be accessible? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we mean by ‘ accessible ’ website ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Accessibility? </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Accessibility? <ul><li>The ease with which one can reach ANY text, link, image, table irrespective of the type of device, technology, or assistive technology </li></ul><ul><li>Civil right - Right to participate within a society on an equal footing with everyone else </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility and Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Products should be designed and developed such that it can be used by people with or without disabilities </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Web Accessibility – India Scenario <ul><li>Web Guidelines for Indian Government websites </li></ul>
  9. 9. Guidelines for Indian Government Websites ( GIGW ) <ul><li>An Integral Part of Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared by National Informatics Centre (NIC) </li></ul><ul><li>Adopted by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances & Pension </li></ul><ul><li>Published in January 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Online: http:// / </li></ul>
  10. 10. Objectives of the Guidelines <ul><li>Ensure that Indian Government websites, belonging to ANY CONSTITUENT of the Government, at ANY LEVEL, are citizen centric and visitor friendly . </li></ul><ul><li>It is advised that these guidelines be followed while developing or managing ANY: </li></ul><ul><li>Government website, </li></ul><ul><li>Portal or </li></ul><ul><li>Web based application </li></ul>
  11. 11. Contents of the Guidelines <ul><li>Guideline document is divided into: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 chapters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance Matrix </li></ul></ul>01 Introduction 02 Government of India Identifiers 03 Building Confidence 04 Scope of Content 05 Quality of Content 06 Design 07 Development 08 Website Hosting 09 Website Promotion 10 Website Management
  12. 12. Background <ul><li>Indian Government has laid a lot of emphasis on Anytime , Anywhere delivery of Government services </li></ul><ul><li>Over 5000 Government websites </li></ul><ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><li>Websites follow Different look and feel as well as functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><li>Need for Standardisation and Uniformity in websites </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why is Compliance to Guidelines essential? - 1 <ul><li>Guidelines framed to make Indian Government Websites conform to the essential pre-requisites of UUU trilogy : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User-Centric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universally Accessible </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Why is Compliance to Guidelines essential? - 2 <ul><li>Also form the basis for obtaining Website Quality Certification from Standardisation Testing Quality Certification ( STQC ) </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines are being circulated amongst all Indian Government Departments at all levels : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Central </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. How to use these Guidelines <ul><li>Departments are expected to read , understand and implement these guidelines on all of their web-based initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Though not mandated, it is advised that even Intranet applications of the Departments, which are mostly browser based, may follow these guidelines </li></ul>
  16. 16. Mandatory, Advisory & Voluntary <ul><li>Guidelines divided into 3 categories : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory – MUST </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Departments are supposed to mandatorily comply with </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory – Should </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended practices or advisories that are considered highly important and desirable but for their wide scope and a degree of subjectivity these guidelines would have otherwise qualified to be mandatory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary – May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be adopted by a Department if deemed suitable </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Want to Implement GIGW? <ul><li>Understand the compliance matrix </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the your target audience </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that GIGW is a part of your RFP or Tender </li></ul><ul><li>Test the product post vendor delivery </li></ul>
  18. 18. How can BarrierBreak help you? <ul><li>Conducting Accessibility Training </li></ul><ul><li>Develop your Website or application keeping in mind GIGW </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct Accessibility Testing of your products </li></ul><ul><li>Contact us at [email_address] </li></ul>
  19. 19. Let Technology be Inclusive! <ul><li>Assistive Technology Products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Impairment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing Impairment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobility Impairment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Impairment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elderly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accessibility Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Web Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>POUR Accessibility Testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design Review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Template Review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Component Test </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Product Accessibility Testing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Task Oriented Testing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible Conversion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Talking Book </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PDF Conversion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Events and Initiatives </li></ul>
  20. 20. Where to Contact Me? <ul><li>email: [email_address] ; </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>office: +91-22-2686 0485/6 </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with me at: </li></ul><ul><li>MamtaTandel </li></ul>