Compliance with GIGW ensures that a website is user-centric, usable, & universally accessible at all stages: starting from launch, continuing during its operations &maintenance.
GIGW promotes standards that are broadly placed in three categories: advisory, mandatory, & voluntary. Mandatory standards are the minimum criteria that every website MUST meet; advisory standards are the guidelines that websites SHOULD endeavor to comply with; & voluntary standards are those which websites MAY adopt based on their discretion.
GIGW Compliance matrix provides a checklist of 115 mandatory guidelines/checkpoints. Majority of these checkpoints relate to the front end of the website (accessibility, identity, content, and design) while others relate to backend policies, processes and plans to enable better management of websites. These 115 checkpoints are exhaustive and cover all the possible scenarios that may apply to the entire universe of government websites. There may be few government websites to which each of the 115 checkpoints may be applicable. A majority of government websites may be such that while most of the 115 checkpoints would apply, some checkpoints may not be applicable.
Website stakeholders need to ensure compliance with the mandatory guidelines that are applicable for the particular website in such a manner that the:
- User interface is fully compliant
- Backend policies are honored fully
Once a website conforms to the applicable mandatory guidelines, the owner department must apply to Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) for GIGW compliance certification.
We help our clients to create web site which are compliance with GIGW guidelines.