The Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites takes an integrated approach to usability, accessibility and standardization. The purpose of the Guidelines is to support the procurement, development, and maintenance of a website by a public administration so that it offers equal opportunity usage for all citizens.Â The 2006 version has now been translated to english.
Quoting from the announcement: “The Guidelines are divided into chapters which can be read separately depending on the readerâ€™s role and responsibilities. The order of the chapters is intended to mirror the lifecycle of a website.
- Chapter 1Â covers the overall communications objectives of a website, which should be used as the basis for its development.
- Chapter 2Â presents the development process as steps towards a defined objective.
- Chapter 3Â shows methods for website design and web page coding, along with web standards.
- Chapters 4 and 5Â describe the basic content and services a website should provide, giving additional information on how to write for web-based media as well as methods for keeping the website up to date.
- Chapters 6, 7 and 8Â cover the development of web content for mobile devices, Content Management Systems (CMS) / authoring tools, and assistive technologies (AT).
A survey carried out in February 2007 showed that over 90% of those responsible for public administration websites in Sweden were aware of the Guidelines, withÂ 80% or more actively using them.”
The Guidelines are published under theÂ CreativeÂ Commons Attribution 2.5 Sweden license.