Barrier-free Internet and the terms accessibility and usability have meanwhile become fixed requirements when creating a website.

Simply put, it means making the Internet accessible to everyone.

The guidelines for accessibility are precisely defined by the W3C. German politics has devoted itself to this topic in the elaboration of the "Barrierefreie Informationstechnik Verordnung" (Barrier-free Information Technology Ordinance), or BITV for short, within the framework of the Disability Equality Act (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz - BGG).

People with disabilities and senior citizens represent a considerable proportion of Internet users. However, it is precisely this target group that encounters a series of hurdles and barriers that make it difficult to ensure complete accessibility to all content.

The website of the city of Lörrach essentially comprises the following aspects of a barrier-free website:
  • High-contrast layout
    Links and text can be clearly separated from each other.
  • Scalable fonts / layout via the zoom function of the browser
  • The website can also be used without mouse (tabulator controlled)
  • No need for layout graphics
    The website is based on a pure CSS layout. The necessary embedded graphics are provided with an alternative text.
  • No table layout required
    Tables are only used in exceptional cases for better structuring of content.
  • No graphical navigation required
    Navigation structure in list display and marking as navigation
  • Use of jump marks
    Jump marks visible for screen readers directly to navigation and content
  • No forwarding required
    Links to new browser windows are obviously placed in the text area and marked as such.
  • Abstaining from automatic pop-ups
  • Marking of headings in readable "hx" format
  • Description of the used pictures and placed links with alternative designations.
  • Language markup
  • Formatting tables
    Clear separation of data and header cells.

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