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Accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies in Latvia

Preparations in Latvia for the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies presented by Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

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Accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies in Latvia

  1. 1. Accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies in Latvia Eduards Cauna VARAM Public services department UX/UI Riga Meetup November 24, 2016
  2. 2. Accessibility for the web and mobile products Web accessibility is part of web usability and UX 2 Accessibility is mentioned throughout the usability standard ISO EN 9241-210:2010 Ergonomics of human-system interaction – Part 210: Human-centred design for interactive systems Available in Latvian LVS ISO 9241-210:2016 Cilvēka un sistēmas mijiedarbības ergonomika. 210. daļa: Cilvēkorientēta interaktīvo sistēmu projektēšana (LV)
  3. 3. Current situation E-Index 2015 test results for Latvian government websites compliance with WCAG 2.0 success criteria (using automated EIII Checker) 3 100 websites tested (ministries and government agencies) Grade graphic Score (range) Explanation of grade % 100 No tests failed 0 95 through 99 A few tests failed 12 85 through 95 Some tests failed 36 70 through 85 Many tests failed 40 0 through 70 Most tests failed 12 A few tests failed 12% Some tests failed 36% Many tests failed 40% Most tests failed 12%
  4. 4.  United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)  European Accessibility Act  CEN/CENELEC/ETSI standard EN 301 549 «Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe» (EN)  Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (EN/LV)  Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirements for products and services (EN) EU legislation on accessibility 4
  5. 5. Latvian terminology  Availability – pieejamība  Accessibility – piekļūstamība*  Eiropas Parlamenta un Padomes Direktīva par publiskā sektora struktūru tīmekļvietņu un mobilo lietotņu piekļūstamību* * Recommendation of Subcommission of Information Technology, Telecommunication and Electronics of Commission of Terminology of Latvian Academy of Sciences, protocol No. 480 (2016.06.17) clearly separate two concepts, using two different terms. 5
  6. 6. Directive  Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (EN/LV)  Member States shall apply those measures as follows (article 12): • (a) to websites of public sector bodies not published before … [21 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive]: from … [33 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive]; • (b) to websites of public sector bodies not covered by point (a): from … [45 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive]; • (c) to mobile applications of public sector bodies: from … [54 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive]. 6
  7. 7. Impact on websites and apps in Latvia  Public sector websites should be in compliance with WCAG 2.0, level AA success criteria in September 2019 for new websites and in September 2020 for existing websites  Public sector mobile apps – July 2021  Requirement since 2016 for all ITC projects funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF/ERAF)  Requirement in Cabinet Regulation project on public digital services (e-pakalpojumi)  Common platform for the government websites (State Chancellery project)  Changes planned for Cabinet Regulation No. 171 «Procedures by which Institutions Place Information on the Internet» (EN/LV) 7
  8. 8. Thanks Eduards Cauna VARAM Public services department eduards.cauna@varam.gov.lv www.varam.gov.lv 8

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