News from BIK
New project „BIK for all“ launched


Since 2002, the aim of the BIK projects has been to improve the accessibility of web and intranet sites. BIK for all is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs and runs from 01/2015 to 12/2018.

Whatever we do: whether we search, shop, book tickets or simply communicate, the internet has become an indispensable and integral part of our life. However, the accessibility of the multitude of web sites and services we depend on is often lacking. This means that participation becomes difficult or impossible, especially for aging people and people with disabilities. There are internationally recognised guidelines for accessible web design, but they are often not taken on board in the development of online services.

The project has four main fields of activity:

  • Industry and commerce
  • Public transport (especially air transport)
  • Occupational training
  • The social sector (associations, municipalities, etc.).

“BIK for all” invites stakeholders from these four fields to form strategic partnerships and jointly plan targeted inclusion awareness campaigns addressed at their members. “BIK for all” supports these campaigns in various ways, for example, by helping to build an effective campaign strategy; by organising and facilitating workshops and seminars; by reviewing the state of accessibility of web sites and services; and by developing guidelines and resources that help organisations implement strategic, organisational and technical aspects of web accessibility.

When assessing organisations’ state of accessibility and supporting the development of more accessible web sites and services, the project draws on an established web accessibility test procedure, the BITV-Test. The BITV-Test is based on the German directive for accessible information technology (”Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung 2.0”). BITV-Test services are provided by a range of testing organisations in Germany.

As integral part of “BIK for all”, the current BITV test procedure is being extended and updated:

  • The BITV test procedure is extended offer an additional conformance check according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of W3C (at conformance level AA)
  • The existing self-assessment function of BITV-Test will be improved to facilitate first-party accessibility checks to be carried out in-house by the web site or service owner, or by the web developer under contract

Information on www.bik-fü

The web site offers introductory and awareness-oriented information (in German). Why is accessibility important? How can organisations achieve accessible web sites and services?

Beyond that, it presents key activities and results from our work in the four targeted fields (industry and commerce, air transport, occupational training and the social sector).