The central government (and therefore the Cultural Heritage Agency) pays a lot of attention to user-friendliness, accessibility, build quality and findability of online information. Everyone must be able to easily find, use and view government sites. To make this possible, we apply the so-called Web Guidelines.

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The Web Guidelines are based on internationally recognized guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on accessibility, build quality and sustainability of websites.

Web Guidelines: apply or explain

The Web Guidelines version 2 are on the list of mandatory open standards of the Standardization Forum. The so-called 'apply or explain' principle applies to all open standards on this list. Government organizations must apply the standards on this list ('apply'). If this is not (fully) possible for compelling reasons, they must justify this in a transparent manner ('explain').

All Web Guidelines (version 2) are in the application framework. This document is also a guide to properly applying the guidelines.

Requirements also apply to the way in which governments are accountable. These are described in the accountability model.