Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the web pages of the Marine Data Infrastructure Germany (MDI-DE) published at

The MDI-DE endeavours to ensure accessibility of its websites in accordance with German legislation. The legal basis is the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz, BGG) as well as the Accessible Information Technology Ordinance (Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung, BITV 2.0) as amended. Online maps and map services on our website are exempt from the requirements under Art. 1(3)(d) of Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

Current compatibility with requirements

The accessibility requirements result from §§ 3 paragraphs 1 to 4 and 4 of BITV 2.0, which was issued on the basis of § 12d BGG. The review of compliance with the requirements is based on a self-assessment conducted on 07.06.2021. Based on the review, the website is not compliant with the aforementioned requirements. The content listed below is not accessible for the following reasons:

  • The home page lacks explanations in German sign language and plain language.
  • Many web page contents can be accessed via keyboard; however, the keyboard usability is not compatible with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard), since not all contents can be accessed via keyboard – especially the map functions.
  • The result of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML validator is not positive and thus not compatible with WCAG success criterion 4.1.1 (syntax analysis).
  • Not all paragraphs are marked up with an appropriate structural element and thus are not consistent with WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).
  • With a browser window width of 320 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) pixels, some loss of information cannot be ruled out without vertical scrolling and is thus not compatible with WCAG success criterion 4.1.1 (Pagination).
  • The page cannot be used in a text browser. This requirement is not feasible for map applications.

Optional accessible content

We are striving to make the above content accessible in the future.

Date of creation or last update of the declaration

This statement was created on 07/06/2021 and last updated on 07/06/2021.

Feedback and contact

Have you noticed any deficiencies regarding accessibility of our web content? Or do you have any questions about accessibility?
If so, please contact us using the feedback form.

Enforcement procedures

Article 16 BGG requires an Arbitration Service working under the responsibility of the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities. The purpose of the Arbitration Service is to settle disputes arising between persons with disabilities and federal public authorities. You can submit an application for an arbitration procedure when you are not satisfied with the answers provided by the contact mentioned above. The arbitration procedure is free of charge. Consequently, there is no need to call upon legal counsel. The complete information on the arbitration procedure is available at the Arbitration Service website. It explains how the arbitration procedure works and how an application for arbitration is submitted. Applications can also be made in German sign language or easy-to-understand language.

You can contact the Arbitration Service as follows:

Schlichtungsstelle nach dem Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz bei dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen
Mauerstraße 53
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 18 527-2805
Fax: +49 (0)30 18 527-2901