Accessibility Statement

Pursuant to the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1523 from October 11, 2018 establishing a model accessibility statement in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies.

Statement on accessibility

The Austrian Gallery Belvedere endeavors to make its website(s) accessible in accordance with the federal law on accessible websites and mobile applications (Austrian Web Accessibility Act, Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz or WZG) as amended to implement the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council from October 26, 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (Official Journal L 327 from December 2, 2016, p. 1).


This accessibility statement applies to the website



Status of compliance with the regulations

This website is partially compatible with conformance level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines—WCAG 2.1 and the applicable European standard EN 301 549 V2.1.2 (2018-08), respectively, due to the following non-compliances and exemptions.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

a) Non-compliance with the accessibility legislation

Collection online: While usable by keyboard, the selection lists in the online collection are only presented as normal text to screen readers, meaning that users cannot recognize it as controls.

Pictures—alternative text attribute: Many pictures have no attribute for alternative text, meaning that the source code does not meet the HTML standard.

The non-accessible content of the website is currently being revised in order to comply as closely as possible with the requirements in the implementation period Q1/2023.

b) Disproportionate burden

Not all pictures and videos have text that describes the purpose of the picture or video. As such, the WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content) is not met.

Not all audio and video content contains text alternatives. As such, the WCAG success criterion 1.2 (Time-based Media) is not met.

We have evaluated the costs for rectifying this issue. We are of the opinion that it would be a disproportionate burden in the interests of the accessibility regulations at this time.

c) The content that is not within the scope of the applicable legislation

Many, predominantly old, PDF documents are not accessible and can therefore not or only inadequately be used with screen readers. As such, the WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value) is not met.

However, we are improving the provision of PDF documents in accessible form.

Live videos are not captioned. As such, the WCAG success criterion 1.2.4 (Captions [Live]) is not met. Live videos are exempt from the Directive (EU) 2016/2102. We do not intend to caption live videos.

Content by third parties, for example studies or presentation materials by external speakers, which are not within the sphere of influence of the Austrian Gallery Belvedere, are exempt from the Directive (EU) 2016/2102. No statement can be made regarding this third-party content’s compliance with accessibility regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on September 22, 2020.


The evaluation of the website’s compatibility with the Austrian Web Accessibility Act (Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz, WZG) to implement the requirements of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 was conducted in the form of an external review in accordance with WCAG 2.1, conformance level AA, in October 2020.


The website is checked regularly and automatically with the aid of accessibility software by the provider Siteimprove.


This statement was last reviewed on 6 October, 2020.

Feedback and contact information

The offers and services on this website are continually being improved, exchanged, and expanded. The operability and accessibility of this website are our main concern.

Should you notice any barriers to accessibility that prevent you from using our website—problems that are not described in this statement or failures to comply with the accessibility regulations—we invite you to contact us via email.

Please describe the problem and cite the URL(s) of the web page or document in question.
Please send your feedback to:

We will look into your request and get back to you as soon as possible.


Österreichische Galerie Belvedere
Digital Communication/Accessible Art Education

Enforcement procedure

In the event of an unsatisfactory response to the aforementioned contact opportunity, you can direct your complaint to the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Complaints can be made to the FFG electronically via its contact form.

Contact form of the complaints office


These complaints will be assessed by the FFG to establish whether they constitute violations of the provisions laid out in the Austrian Web Accessibility Act (WZG), particularly with regard to failure by the state or a public sector body to comply with accessibility regulations.

If the complaint is valid, the FFG is obliged to make recommendations for action to the state or the relevant legal entities and propose measures that will redress the existing failures.

Further information on the complaints procedure