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1 More with less… ‘Applying webstandards at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports in The Netherlands’ Gerrit C. Berkouwer Co-ordinator Digital Media, Ministry of Health © 2005 gc.berkouwer@minvws.nl Paris, 31 January 2005

2 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport ‘Digital Media’ at the ministry of Health Multidisciplinary approach, 10 persons: Focus: strategy, consultancy, design, implementation, maintenance This works! WebadvisorsWebmasters WebdevelopersInteraction Designer

3 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport What did we do? Re-design of http://www.minvws.nl, the main website of the Ministry of Healthhttp://www.minvws.nl Level Double-A conformance WCAG 1.0 –Separation of content & presentation –XHTML 1.0 Strict & CSS design –‘Layered’ implementation –Works in all / most devices First (governmental) website in The Netherlands with this approach, on this scale

4 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Separation of content and presentation Stylesheet = on Stylesheet = off

5 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport XHTML / CSS – code validation W3C validator:

6 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Printing: separate stylesheet

7 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Why? More happy visitors - more devices - more ‘Google’ - more speed - more control over site maintenance - more control over site development Cheaper hosting - better quality assurance - ‘forward’ compatible - better ‘exchangeable’ - good for image Less code - less costs - less chaos - less stress Accessibility is not the only reason!

8 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Dutch governmental websites and webstandards Set of governmental guidelines for accessible and durable websites, see http://webrichtlijnen.overheid.nl/ (in Dutch…)http://webrichtlijnen.overheid.nl/ Governmental metadata & taxonomy for all content (Dublincore) Challenge in 2005: All 13 national ministries will use this ‘webstandards’ approach for their corporate websites…

9 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Disadvantages? Knowledge about the subject is limited within the web-companies Knowledge within government is also limited This slowly gets better now…chances for smaller companies to come forward.

10 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Thank you! gc.berkouwer@minvws.nl


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