Central government is committed to providing online information that is user-friendly, accessible, well designed and easy to find.
The websites of public authorities need to be easy for the public to locate, view and use. To make sure that this happens, central government has adopted the Web Guidelines, which its website managers have to apply.
- Applying the Web Guidelines
- Monitoring compliance with the Web Guidelines
- Rendering account for compliance with the Web Guidelines
World Wide Web Consortium W3C
Web Guidelines: ‘apply or explain’
The Web Guidelines (version 2) appear on the list of obligatory open standards laid down by the Standardisation Forum, which promotes open standards and interoperability in Dutch public authorities. All the open standards listed by the Forum are subject to the ‘apply or explain’ principle. Public authorities must apply these standards in their entirety. Or, if they are justifiably unable to do so, they must clearly explain why.
The Web Guidelines (version 2) are described in the Web Guidelines Terms of Reference (Toepassingskader), which serves as a manual for best practices in website design and management.
The procedure that public authorities must follow to account for their website management is also subject to requirements. These are described in the Web Guidelines Accountability Model (Verantwoordingsmodel).