The Web Guidelines quality model

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Government bodies and companies face the challenge of creating websites that are optimally accessible to people as well as browsers and search engines. There are internationally recognized agreements for creating accessible web sites like WCAG. The Dutch government has assembled these international standards in a quality model called the Web Guidelines. The quality model warrants significantly better websites, made for all people.

Before the end of 2010, all Dutch governmental websites must comply with this set of 125 guidelines. The symbol on the left is the certificate that proves that a website validates to all 125 web guidelines. Recently, the ICTU - an institution founded by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations that helps authorities to improve their ICT performance - decided to relaunch the Web Guidelines website using Drupal.

The information on the new site (www.webrichtlijnen.nl / www.webguidelines.nl) is much more tailored to specific target audiences and the phases of an implementation. A developer or editor can now view the guidelines that are most relevant to him or her. The new site features case studies, best practices and success stories. It also offers a tool that can automatically check if a website conforms to 47 of the 125 guidelines.

More info: http://drupal.org/node/938586