Website content can be made
to enable everyone to use it.
For example, the content can use
large fonts or plain language.
Website content that is clear and accessible
is called ‘barrier free’.
Barrier free content can help people who are
pressed for time, lack fluency or have sight loss, among others.
But a lot of website content is not barrier free.
Are there any barriers on our website?
about the barriers and where they occur.
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The Kiel Institute for the World Economy is making every effort to ensure that its websites are accessible in accordance with the Schleswig-Holstein Disability Equality Act.
Our web service provider tested the Institute´s website according to the BITV self-test.
The test results show that our websites are partially accessible. The self-test covered 92 test steps. 9 steps didn’t comply and 15 steps partially complied.
The parts of the website we need to optimize are summarized as follows:
Contrasts of text and graphic elements not sufficient
Keyboard usage partially not conclusive or functional
A clear differentiation of single elements like headlines and lists is missing
Our web service provider is currently working on complying to the test steps that are not fulfilled. We will inform about the progress on this webpage.
Some of the non-compliant steps can be optimized by our editorial department. We will adapt the accessibility for all future websites. However, we won´t optimize all existing websites. This would be against the principle of disproportion because of the large number of websites to be edited. The completion would mean an excessive amount of organizational and financial burden for our administration. Both reasons are explicitly mentioned in EU guideline 2016/2102 (39) as criterium of the principle of disproportion.
Where we use third-party content that is less accessible (for example, some map applications or multimedia formats), we will provide alternatives.
Feedback and contact
Have you noticed any barriers in the website content?
Please send us an e-mail about them and where they occur.
You can also contact us by mail or telephone:
Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Head of Communications
24105 Kiel, Germany
Telephone: +49 431 8814-774
The Complaints Office was established under the State Commissioner for People with Disabilities of Schleswig-Holstein, in line with § 12 LBGG. You can contact that office if you are not satisfied with the response from the above-mentioned option of reporting the problem to us. If you do contact the Complaints Office, it would nonetheless remain our goal to find a solution to the problem together, and out of court, with their help.
The complaints procedure is free of charge. You do not need legal assistance.
You will find all the information about the complaints procedure and how it works on the website of the Complaints Office on barriers to information from public authorities on the internet.
You can also contact the Complaints Office at the following address:
Complaints office according to the law on equal opportunities for people with disabilities at the State Commissioner for People with Disabilities
24105 Kiel, Germany
P.O. Box 7121
24171 Kiel, Germany
Telephone: +49 431 988-1620