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Accessibility statement

This statement applies to content published on the ‘Digital Strategy’ website under the url digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu.

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It does not apply to other content or websites published on the europa.eu domain or subdomains. These websites and their content will have their own specific accessibility statement.

This website is managed by the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible, including people with disabilities.

You should be able to:

  • browse the website and read or download its content in the format of  HTML or documents such as PDFs and MS Office documents;
  • view images, watch and listen to videos;
  • manipulate interactive maps;
  • subscribe to newsletters or thematic notifications;
  • share the content of the website on social networks or via email;
  • access thematic social network accounts;
  • contact the Commission for any type of inquiry.

This website is designed to comply with the technical standard for websites and mobile apps, EN 301 549 v2.1.2 (.pdf). This closely follows level ‘AA’ of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, conformance level ‘AA’. See ‘Non-accessible content’ for more details.

The website was last tested on 29/04/2022.

Preparation of this statement

This statement was prepared by a certification third party (see Article 3(1) of Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1523).

The next review is scheduled for June 2023.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the Digital Strategy website. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers:

We try to respond to feedback within 15 business days.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

The ‘Digital Strategy’ website is designed to be compatible with the standard assistive technologies.

Technical specifications

The accessibility of the ‘Digital Strategy’ website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • WAI-ARIA
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

Non-accessible content

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the ‘Digital Strategy’ website, we are aware of some limitations, which we are working to fix.

Below is a description of known limitations and potential solutions. Please contact us if you encounter an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the ‘Digital Strategy’ website:

  1. Interactive maps are not accessible to screen readers and keyboard users, nor is text alternative provided; they may not be of sufficient contrast or misbehave while zooming (overlapping) and may contain keyboard trap;
  2. Some audiovisual content may not be optimised, in particular:
    • Some images may miss meaningful description, conversely  purely decorative images may be made visible to screen readers; titles introducing videos may be not always meaningful too;
    • Some images may lack sufficient contrast;
    • Some pre-recorded videos may contain text information accompanied by musical soundtrack only, with no narration nor text transcript accompanying it;
  3. Some PDF files may contain erroneous tags and misuse of headings;
  4. In some instances, the focus indicator of a link may be with insufficient contrast;
  5. In some instances, keyboard navigation to select filters may not work properly, may collide with screen readers command and may present confusing information;
  6. Not all labels of commands for screen readers were translated; switching among languages of the website using the screen readers may be confusing;
  7. When using website menu on mobile devices, users relying on assistive technologies may notice discrepancies when using keyboard and when using screen reader.

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