Funka develops accessibility methodology for the European Commission

The European Commission har proposed legislation on web accessibility, the so called web accessibility directive. The European Parliament has voted in favour of it, but no decision has yet been made. The Commission is now continuing the preparation with letting a consortium lead by Funka develop the methodology that is going to be used to measure compliance with the up coming legislation in all member states.

- It is very interesting to work with indicators on a European level, says Funka’s responsible of Analysis, Andreas Cederbom. We have done this kind of work in Sweden and Norway, but with many countries involved the assignment is much more complex.

The proposed directive states that the enforcement of the future legislation is going to be measured nationally, with a European methodology. This will make it possible to compare development between member states. Historically, benchmarking has been difficult since regulation and monitoring methods differs among countries.

Without re-inventing the wheel

The study is called SMART 2014/0061 Monitoring methodologies for web-accessibility in the European Union. The assignment includes mapping existing national monitoring methods, analysing and comparing them using standardised cross checking and expert evaluation. The aim is to investigate the scope, quality and accountability of the methods, thereby being able to present recommendations on how monitoring could be done in a harmonised way across Europe.

In parallell, user testing with persons with disabilities are being performed on a European level. The interim results of the study was presented at an open workshop in Brussels in November.

The project is working closely with national correspondents and an advisory board with high competence in accessibility.

Funded by: European Commission
Consortium: Funka (leader), Empirica and European Disability Forum. Subcontractors: W3C and COWI.
Period: 1 January – 31 December 2015
Budget: 246 400 EURO