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2011 Website Self-Assessments

The Department of Internal Affairs will release an online web standards self-assessment tool in early March 2011. The tool will be used by agencies to record self-assessments of their public facing websites.

DIA will be running a workshop about “how to use the tool” on 21 February 2011.

Read more about the 2011 website self-assessments

Change to the technical standard:  2.2 Technologies which may be used but not relied on

For all documents published online, a HTML equivalent remains the preferred accessible format. Accessible means that all users, not just people with disabilities, can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the web, and that they can contribute to the web.

The technical standards still require accessible content to be published, but they now enable an agency to choose accessible formats other than HTML for content that maybe inaccessible.


The revision to Standard 2.2 takes effect from 31 October 2010. Content published after 31 October 2010 which is not in an accessible format must be disclosed on the 'About this site' page of the website where the inaccessible content is published. Summaries and contact information must still be provided for all documents published after 31 October 2009.

If you require further information, please contact: web.standards@dia.govt.nz

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