The province of Antwerp, its autonomous provincial companies (APBs) and external autonomous agencies (EVAPs) strive to make their websites and (mobile) applications accessible, in accordance with the administrative decree of 7 December 2018 transposing European Directive 2016/2102 .
This accessibility statement applies to the following websites:
1. Compliance Status
These websites partially comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 level AA because certain criteria have not yet been met.
All pages of the website are continuously screened against WCAG 2.1 guidelines using technology from the SiteImprove platform. We currently achieve an average score of around 70%. Through consultation with experts, we additionally collect what cannot be determined with automatic screening. For new developments we only use WCAG 2.1 compatible components and cartridges offered by our application partners.
2. Inaccessible Content
Non-compliance with the administrative decree
The content below is not yet accessible for the following reasons.
Info and relations (1.3.1)
Semantic formatting via headings (<h1>)
When related pages, news items, events and other similar content types are listed on another page, an H1 tag is currently always used to display the title. In the coming months we will try to implement a correct cascading of headings, in line with their semantic value.
Regions and landmarks
When articles or other elements are shown below each other as a list, the naming of the individual list item is not yet correctly translated into semantic attributes. This is also the case when several collections are displayed below each other (for example a block with calendar items, followed by a block with news). In the coming months we will try to ensure that landmarks can be uniquely identified.
The side menu contains a number of navigation elements that need to be identified even more specifically. We are currently further analyzing this issue and may switch to a different, simpler navigation structure that is more in line with the order of the components in the source code for new developments.
Emphasized or special text
We currently block the use of purely visual, non-semantic markup tags. We choose not to retroactively adjust pages from the past at the moment (see section 'disproportionate burden').
Meaningful sequence (1.3.2)
We are currently working on a solution to improve the way people can navigate the site via the keyboard and aim to publish this in the first or second quarter of 2021.
Purpose of link (2.4.4)
Certain pages contain links with the same text, either caused by tags that are repeated in the filter panel or by multiple references to social media. We will try to resolve both issues in the coming months.
Color contrast (1.4.3)
In some places the color contract is insufficient, including on pages with a filter panel and in certain specifications tables. This is currently being rectified.
The province has a number of powers within which it publishes PDF files with spatial plans on its website. These documents cannot be made accessible. It is best to contact the service listed on the page for this. For PDF files containing decisions or other policy information, we will switch to semantically correct HTML pages in the context of open data and WCAG.
If relevant, the province sometimes shows webinars as videos on its websites. Because these often take a very long time and subtitling them is a disproportionate burden, in most cases they are not subtitled by default. If you still want the subtitled version, you can always request it via the contact details on that page, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then deliver the subtitled version as soon as possible.
Via automatic monitoring, the province has insight into which pages are no longer visited often and in certain cases chooses - if it concerns a substantive problem with the text - not to make retroactive changes to the content.
3. Preparation of this accessibility statement
This accessibility statement was prepared and last revised on 22/09/2020.
4. Feedback and contact details
If you have any questions or comments about the accessibility of the aforementioned websites or about this accessibility statement, you can contact the communication service by e-mail to email@example.com.
5. Enforcement procedure
If you are not satisfied with the answer from the communication service, it is possible to submit a complaint to the registry of the province.