Digital Accessibility Statement

The Bundeswehr strives to make its web presence and mobile app accessible to everyone.

The Bundeswehr’s accessibility statement

The Federal Ministry of Defence (FMoD) is committed to making its web presence and mobile applications accessible in accordance with the national legislation transposing Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The technical requirements for accessibility are derived from the Ordinance on Accessible Information Technology 2.0 (BITVBarrierefreie-Informationstechnik-Verordnung 2.0).

This Accessibility Statement applies to the content offered in the Bundeswehr’s web presence.

When was the Digital Accessibility Statement drawn up?

This statement was drawn up and last revised on 21 December 2022.

Digital accessibility was reviewed in the context of its technical implementation by the Bundeswehr’s ITInformationstechnik service provider BWI GmbHGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung.

How accessible is this web presence?

This web presence and the mobile app “BwBundeswehr -Newsradar” are partially accessible. The requirements of the Ordinance on Accessible Information Technology (BITVBarrierefreie-Informationstechnik-Verordnung  2.0) are partially fulfilled.

Which parts of the website are not accessible?

  1. Barrier: control elements without alternative text
    Description: alternative text is not displayed where the text box is too small.

  2. Barrier: graphics and objects without alternative text
    Description: if an image is not loaded completely, the alternative text is covered.

  3. Barrier: decorative graphics without empty alternative text
    Description: decorative graphics without any informative function should have empty alternative text.

  4. Barrier: audio files without alternatives
    Description: alternatives for audio files and silent videos convey only a small part of the content.

  5. Barrier: videos without subtitles
    Description: videos with sound do not have the necessary subtitles.

  6. Barrier: videos without audio description and/or a full text alternative
    Description: videos containing image-centric segments necessitate an alternative to the images because the sound is not enough to allow full comprehension.

  7. Barrier: not all PDF documents are accessible.
    Description: newly uploaded PDF documents should be prepared to be accessible, and older ones should be replaced with an accessible version.

  8. Barrier: content structure
    Description: incorrect formatting of text can have a negative impact on reading fluency.

  9. Barrier: input fields for user data
    Description: input fields referring to user input (e. g. name, telephone number, etc.) cannot be identified and filled in automatically.

  10. Barrier: in some cases, text contrast is not high enough.
    Description: in some cases, contrast was below 4.5:1 for small font sizes and below 3:1 for large font sizes.

  11. Barrier: in some cases, text cannot be enlarged to 200% without losing content.
    Description: when enlarged, text is cut off or appears transparent or overlaps with other text.

  12. Barrier: contrast of graphics and graphical control elements is not high enough.
    Description: in some cases, the contrast of some graphics and graphic control elements was below 3:1.

  13. Barrier: when text spacing is increased, not all content is visible.
    Description: when text spacing is increased, text is cut off and overlaps with other text, so the PTSD  test cannot be used.

  14. Barrier: time limits are not adjustable
    Description: some components (e. g. filters) can no longer be submitted after a certain amount of time. In addition, the time limit in the quiz module cannot be paused.

  15. Barrier: moving content cannot be turned off
    Description: the quiz module, the start page platform and the 3D globe contain elements that cannot be paused (permanently).

  16. Barrier: words and sections in other languages not marked up in some cases.
    Description: English words are not marked up with the “lang” attribute in some cases.

  17. Barrier: in some cases, the syntax of the HTML markup is incorrect.
    Description: the syntax contains several errors, e. g. attributes are used incorrectly, HTML elements are nested incorrectly, and external services included in the website cause errors in the source code.

  18. Barrier: screen orientation is limited
    Description: longer words or groups of words protrude over the edge; in the storytelling module, text is not visible in the horizontal viewport and only images are displayed.

  19. Barrier: content does not wrap to fit lower resolutions or smaller content areas.
    Description: on smaller display variants, content protrudes beyond the edge or overlaps.

  20. Barrier: usable without mouse
    Description: without a mouse, the PTSD  test can only be used to a limited extent. Sliders display a misleading message when used without a mouse.

  21. Barrier: meaningful link text
    Description: in some teasers, the link text “more” is used to refer to the linked content. This link text offers little information.

  22. Barrier: HTML structural elements for headings
    Description: elements that are not headings are marked up as headings by HTML tags. Some headings are output without any content in the source code.

  23. Barrier: the labels of form elements cannot be identified programmatically
    Description: the label of a text field is marked incorrectly and can therefore not be assigned automatically to the corresponding text field.

  24. Barrier: visible labels as part of the accessible name
    Description: in the filter mechanisms of the components named “Suche” (search), “Mediathek” (media library) and “Aktuelles” (news), the label text (e. g. “Bereiche” (areas)) is included in the accessible name in the same form (e. g. “ Auswahlmenü: Bereiche” (selection menu: areas)), but not in first place.

  25. Barrier: separate control elements use the correct role
    Description: an ul element was assigned the role “tabpanel”, therefore a li exists without ul.

Plans are currently underway to eliminate these known problems. As soon as planning is complete, the plans will be published on this site.

Which parts of the mobile app BwBundeswehr-Newsradar are not accessible?

  1. Barrier: the voice-based user interface does not work properly on iOS.
    Description: a technical error in the technology used makes it necessary to use the voice-based user interface in combination with VoiceOver because otherwise the overlays generated by the voice-based user interface will not be displayed.

  2. Barrier: use in landscape orientation is not possible.
    Description: the mobile app can only be used in portrait orientation.

  3. Barrier: no alternative ways of access available.
    Description: news can only be viewed via the news overview page and its filters.

  4. Barrier: the buttons below the filters are not marked up correctly.
    Description: the filter toggle keys are not output as toggle keys by assistive technologies (AT) such as screen readers. There are three filter categories labelled “Themen” (topics), “Einsätze” (missions) and “Jahr” (year). Next to these are the corresponding toggle keys. They can be activated with assistive technologies, but the status “active” or “inactive” is currently not output.

  5. Barrier: a complex gesture is required to update the news overview page.
    Description: in order to update the news items on the news overview page, a drag gesture must be performed in the news area. This gesture does not currently have a click-based alternative.

  6. Barrier: the status messages displayed when the news items and filters are updated are not accessible.
    Description: if an update of displayed news is triggered by a drag gesture in the news overview and no update is available, a status message at the top of the screen where the news start will state that no update is available. This information will not be conveyed to assistive technologies such as screen readers. Selecting a different quick filter will automatically reset detail filters, and this will be indicated in a status message at the top of the screen. This message, too, will not be conveyed to assistive technologies such as screen readers.

  7. Barrier: breaking news and obituaries do not come with any accessible emphasis.
    Description: breaking news and obituaries are displayed with markup for visual emphasis to identify them. This markup is currently not output for assistive technologies such as screen readers.

  8. Barrier: some graphics that add no information do not have an empty alt attribute.
    Description: assistive technologies such as screen readers will sometimes output images that add no information and have no empty alternative text as “image”.

  9. Barrier: the contrast of keywords is too low.
    Description: the news overview page shows keywords at the beginning of each news item to categorise topics. The contrast of these keywords is not high enough, currently being at 3.5 to 1.

  10. Barrier: in some cases, the visible label and the accessible name differ from each other.
    Description: the button “Filter” on the news overview page cannot be activated by means of its accessible name. The visible label and the accessible name differ too much from each other (“Filter” and “Detailfilter”). For the time being, use grid navigation or number navigation on your Android or iOS device.

  11. Barrier: in the Legal Disclosure section, screen readers change to the English version.
    Description: in the Legal Disclosure section, the page language is temporarily set to English. Please switch your screen reader back to German manually when you access the Legal Disclosure section. The contents of the page are in German and should be output correctly afterwards.

Plans are currently underway to eliminate these known problems. As soon as planning is complete, the plans will be published on this site.

Who is the point of contact for comments or questions about digital accessibility?

Have you noticed problems with the accessibility of content on Feel free to contact us. Please use the contact form for this purpose.

Contacting the Arbitration Service

If you believe that you are being put at a disadvantage because does not have a sufficiently accessible design, you can contact the Arbitration Service according to the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (BGGBehindertengleichstellungsgesetz).

Arbitration Service according to the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities
Mauerstraße 53
10117 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 18 527-2805