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1.4 Compliance to Guidelines

These Guidelines have been framed with an objective to make the Indian Government Websites conform to the essential prerequisites of UUU trilogy i.e. Usable, User-Centric and Universally Accessible. They also form the basis for obtaining Website Quality Certification from STQC (Standardisation Testing Quality Certification), an organisation of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India.

These Guidelines are based on International Standards including ISO 23026, W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 as well as Information Technology Act of India. Further, the long standing experience of the authors in design, development and management of Government Websites as well as their knowledge of the ground realities and challenges faced by the Government Departments in developing and managing their websites have helped significantly in drafting these Guidelines.

These guidelines are being circulated amongst all Indian Government Departments at all levels (Central, State, District). These should be followed and implemented on priority so that the overall aim of making all Indian Government websites citizen focused and visitor friendly may be realised.