Our ambition: an accessible website for everyone.

For everyone

The information on the Erasmus MC-Sophia website must be accessible to everyone. That is why we are paying more and more attention to accessibility.

In the end, Erasmus MC wants to comply as fully as possible with the accessibility requirements of (Dutch only) at level AA. Meeting this standard makes our website more user-friendly and more accessible for different target groups. We want to achieve this final goal step by step.

Our approach

We will continuously work on a (more) accessible website by testing extensively with users, by learning about accessibility and through our style guide, guidelines and method of working.

During the development of the website, attention was paid to the following elements of an accessible website:

  • Design.
    The designer of the website has been instructed to design and build the website according to the WCAG2.0 A standard and where possible AA. Because it is only possible to check whether the website meets the standard when there is sufficient content on the website, this will only happen after go live (April 2018) of the basic website. A contrast button will also be added
  • Content management system (CMS).
    Currently Erasmus MC uses the CMS Alterian. This system will be replaced this year with a new and more modern CMS. Until that time we will make as much use as possible of the accessibility facilities that the current CMS offers us and we have included accessibility as a requirement in the tender for the new CMS.
  • Language level.
    The web editors of this site have tried to write all texts as clearly as possible according to language level B1. This is a level that most people can understand. Due to the academic nature of our organization, this may not have been entirely successful, but we continue to strive for this needed language level as much as possible, especially the part about our patient care.
  • Structure.
    The new website makes use as much as possible of a clear page layout: clear titles and a scannable structure through the use of headings and clearly formatted lists.
  • Pictures.
    We also try to take the accessibility requirements into account as much as possible in terms of images. For example, we do not put texts into images and we make as much use as possible of the facilities of the current CMS (e.g. for alt texts).
  • Videos.
    Unfortunately, our videos are not all provided with subtitles yet. Here too we want to make an improvement in the coming months and years.
  • Web forms.
    On our website we make as much use as possible of simple, accessible web forms, among other things by using clear labels, input fields and error messages.
  • Documents.
    We use documents on our website as little as possible and when we do we use only PDFs. It is still possible that an inaccessible PDF is used.
  • Guarantee.
    Despite our ambition and efforts, we unfortunately cannot guarantee a fully accessible website. There is still much to learn and optimize. This is something we can at least guarantee: that we will continue to work hard on our ambition of an accessible website for everyone. We can certainly use the feedback and suggestions from website visitors. Do you want to use a page that is not accessible or do you run into other accessibility issues on our website or do you have any suggestions? Let us know via our feedback form.