Hungary - Article 21

  1. Is there existing legislation in your country to encourage or ensure that websites, in particular government, public service or other sites providing widespread services of general use (such as hiring services, travel, telephony, energy, education, employment, leisure...) are accessible to visually impaired people? Please be sure to specify in your answer to which categories of site the regulation(s) apply.

    The Act on the Rights and Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities, Art. Communication disposes as follows:   

    Persons with disabilities must be ensured the possibility of equal access to public information, as well as to any information concerning their rights and the services provided for them. The possibilities offered by the information society are strengthening equal opportunities of persons with disabilities. A disabled person must be ensured equal access to information when using information social services.

  2. What are the standards that are used in your country to measure website accessibility?

    In Hungary it is recommended to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) by the organization W3C.

  3. Is there an authority in place to establish, measure and control website accessibility?

    In Hungary there is no authority to establish, measure and control website accessibility.

  4. Is there a legal obligation to regularly review the accessibility of websites?

    In Hungary, there is no legal obligation to regularly review the accessibility of websites.

    If yes, at what intervals?

  5. Is there an established timeframe for

    1. new websites to be made accessible?
      if yes what is it ?
    2. existing websites to be made accessible?
      if yes what is it ?

      In Hungary there is no timeframe by law as to how soon either a new or an existing website is to be made accessible.
  6. What sanctions are imposed by the law for websites which fail to comply with accessibility regulations?

    In Hungary it is not sanctioned by law if a website fails to comply with accessibility regulations.

  7. Is there a legal obligation to include awareness of accessibility issues in training provided to webmasters and related professions?

    Training material has been developed for two years under the direction of Fogyatékos Személyek Esélyegyenlőségéért Közalapítvány /Public Foundation for Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities/, and it has been included in the webmaster training courses of several institutions of higher education and vocational training organizations. However there is no legal obligation to use that material.

  8. Is there a legal obligation on educational authorities to provide specific training on Web accessibility issues in related areas (such as engineering and computer sciences, telecommunications and networks courses, etc)?

    Although the training material mentioned in Art. 7 has been elaborated for various skills (like architecture, social and health care, etc.), there is no legal obligation on educational authorities to include specific Web accessibility issues into their training courses.

  9. Are there official guidelines in place to assist webmasters and technical staff in making their websites accessible?

    In Hungary the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) are recommended to be met.

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