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  1. Compliance status
  2. Non-accessible content
  3. Preparation of this accessibility statement
  4. Feedback and contact information
  5. Enforcement procedure

FHWien der WKW is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Web Accessibility Act (WZG) (in German) implementing EU Directive 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 26, 2016 on barrier-free access to the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies.

1. Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with compliance level AA of the “Web Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG 2.1” and with the applicable harmonized European Standard EN 301 549 V2.1.2 (2018-08), respectively, due to the following incompatibilities and exceptions. The incompatibilities and exceptions are listed below.

2. Non-accessible content

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

a) Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations:

The icons in the header (login area, search, etc.) and buttons of the sliders do not have an alternative text (1.1.1 Text alternatives). Insufficient contrast ratios are better displayed via a contrast changer (1.4.3 Contrast and 1.4.11 Non-text contrast). Display errors occur in the header area when the website is scaled; the SDG button is no longer displayed when scaled above a certain size (1.4.4 Change text size).

There are no defined styles for focused elements (2.4.7 Focus visible).

Some English terms are not marked with a lang attribute so that they are read out correctly by screen readers (3.1.2 Language of parts).

b) Disproportionate burden:

Some English terms are not marked with a lang attribute so that they can be read out correctly by screen readers (3.1.2 Language of parts). There are three study programs at FHWien der WKW that are taught entirely in English (BA Corporate Communication, MA Executive Management, MA Urban Tourism & Visitor Economy Management). Therefore, the information on the respective study program page is also published in English on the German page. In addition, some study program and study area names are in English (e.g. BA Digital Business, BA Marketing & Sales, Human Resources & Organization study programs, etc.). The human and time resources to label all these English terms on the German site are not available.

Many, predominantly older PDFs on the website are not accessible, as this would exceed human, time and financial resources. For example, PDF documents are not tagged, so they cannot be captured and used by screen reader users, or can only be used inadequately. This means that WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value) is not met. However, the most important PDFs will be made accessible step by step as soon as they need to be updated again (e.g. study program folders).

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

  • Live broadcast time-based media

We do not plan to caption live videos. This means that WCAG success criterion 1.2.4 (live captioning) is not met. Live videos are exempt from Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

  • Online maps and mapping services (limited, offer alternatives).

On the page about our partner universities GoogleMyMaps is used ( Alternatively, students can get information about our partner universities on Moodle, the internal communication and learning platform of FHWien der WKW. Moreover, the Mobility Coordinator of the respective study programs as well as the Center for International Education & Mobility (CIEM) can provide information.

  • Disproportionately high burden in organizational and financial terms: see point b) Disproportionate burden

Third party content, for example studies or presentation materials by external lecturers, which are not within the sphere of influence of FHWien der WKW, are excluded from Directive (EU) 2016/2102. For this third-party content, no statement can be made regarding compatibility with accessibility regulations.

3. Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on April 15, 2021.

The assessment of the website’s compliance with the Web Accessibility Act implementing the requirements of EU Directive 2016/2102 was carried out in the form of a third-party test in accordance with WCAG 2.1 at compliance level AA in January and April 2021. The home page in German, a content page in English, the application page, a news article, the search function and the search result were checked.

Individual page contents are regularly checked by the web editorial team when new content is published.

4. Feedback and contact information

If you notice barriers that prevent you from using our website – issues not described in this statement, deficiencies in accessibility compliance – please let us know by email.

We will review your request and contact you as soon as possible.

Please send all notes and suggestions to us at

Please describe the problem and provide us with the URL(s) of the affected subpage of our website.


Corporate Communication, Marketing, Alumni & Career Services
Währinger Gürtel 97
6th Floor / Room B664
1180 Vienna

Tel.: +43 (1) 476 77-5733

5. Enforcement procedure

If the response from the above contact is not satisfactory, you may file a complaint with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The FFG accepts complaints filed online via the electronic contact form (German).

The FFG will examine whether the complaint relates to violations of the Web Accessibility Act, particularly to failure on the part of the federal government or associated institutions to comply with the accessibility requirements.

If the complaint is justified, the FFG will make recommendations for action to the federal government or the legal entities concerned and propose measures designed to remedy the problem.

Further information on the enforcement procedure (German)