The Regelingenbank Stadskanaal site sports a liquid layout, a clean, intuitive interface and plenty of navigation options and fallbacks are provided. Serious attention has been paid to accessibility features and it is in this area the site excels. When providing so many accessibility features, it’s not always easy to fit them into the site design but it’s been done neatly and judiciously. The site doesn’t face many challenges in terms of delivering rich media but what it does deliver, it delivers in a rock solid way.
The only thing stopping this site from achieving a higher award was perhaps the quality of visuals, for example a crisper logo with clearer text. In some ways it’s unfair to expect a lot from a web site which is an archive for a town council’s legislation. However, visual appeal, is still a very important part of our criteria. It’s not so much a case of being penalised but not being in a position to get those extra points to take it up a level. This site, though, seriously raises the bar for accessibility and throws down a challenge to all other public sector sites. Let’s hope more follow suit.
The Regelingenbank Stadskanaal website was crafted by Koen Willems and following review was deemed eligible for an Award Level of: “Quality Universal Design” Congratulations Koen!