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It is PROCOLOMBIA’s web team intent to work, every day, to improve global access to the official portal content of the commercial promotion of exports, investment and tourism in Colombia.

The work is carried out based on the guidelines of WCAG 1.0, pursuant to all check points of the Priority 1, which has granted the Conformance Level A. This review is made automatically, thanks to tools like HERATAW and eXaminator. This allows the following advantages::

  • Equivalent text for non-textual content. All imagery and objects are worked in Flash to allow for alternative text. Soon, it will be possible to transcribe all video soundtracks and add subtitles.
  • Transmittal of information through color. It prevents transmitting information through color only (i.e.: “click on the blue button”). Color is supplementary.
  • Identification of language change.  Every time the language of a specific content is changed, there is a signal sent to the source code of the language of such section, thus allowing the appropriate pronunciation of screen readers.
  • Logic reading with no style sheet. When the style sheet of any www.procolombia.cocontent is disabled, it can be read both logically and naturally..
  • Screen flash. No screen flashes that may cause problems to the visitors of will be used. Examples include moving advertising, flashing GIF buttons or Flash banners continuously displaying.
  • Clear language. The PROCOLOMBIA portal journalists work every day to offer clear content with good spelling and grammar, syntax and orthotypography-free.
  • Image maps.No image maps are used.
  • Heading identification in data tables. The amount of data tables in is very little. The few ones available are clearly identified in their headings.
  • Frames. The use of frames is avoided. Although it is not very frequent, when an iframe is included, it is clearly identified.
  • Scripts.  JavaScript is occasionally used, for example in the central photograph of the home page (for transition among images) or in the photo gallery (to launch them with lightbox effect), conceived to provide better levels of site use. However, if a user’s JavaScript is disabled, the user may gain access to the same content through the menu, the site map or the search box..
  • Hearing description and subtitles. The writing team is committed to offer, in a short timeframe, all hearing descriptions of the soundtracks provided in the PROCOLOMBIA portal.


This is the progress in other check points of Priority 2:

  • Color Combinations. The algorithm provided by Consorcio W3C is used to ensure texts comply with the brightness and color contrast threshold required.
  •  Formal grammar validation. A transitional XHTML document time is declared, which has been validated in 95% of the internal pages. The CSS style page used (version 2.1) is 100% validated for all pages. The Web team commitment in this portal is to work every day to reach the goal of “Zero validation errors”..
  • CSS style sheet. The site is designed with CSS style sheets that control all styles. No tables are used for layouts. Furthermore, printing style sheets are included to facilitate this task among all users.
  • Relative units. In most of the styles sheet, “em” units are used, which allow for typography escalation and, in some cases, composition box escalation.
  • Heading elements. All contents of the PROCOLOMBIA portal use headings to provide a logic and sensible document structure.
  • Lists. Contents are based on organized lists, with no specific order, and also lists with descriptions duly marked.
  • Quotes. Whenever quotes are marked, which correspond to a text not belonging to the PROCOLOMBIA writing team, a quote tag (blockquote) is used. This is the case of testimonies.
  • Opening of new windows. All links in the www.procolombia.coportals (both internal and external) open in the same window..
  • W3C Technologies. Use of Transitional and CSS XHTML standards.
  • Divisions. Long information blocks are split into division tags.
  • Links. Each link has been carefully managed to clearly identify the path to direct the user once he hits the click button.
  • Metadata. Use of specific metadata on each Web page, based on the topic.
  • Site Map.  full site map is provided to users with all the information they require on the information architecture used in this portal.
  • Consistent Browsing. Browsing throughout the site has been consistently designed.
  • Layout Tables. No table layout is used. In fact, the original Joomla code is modified, which uses certain tables with unique design purposes.

Those points that can be fulfilled for Priority 3  are not less important for the PROCOLOMBIA web team. As of now, they are used to improve access to the portal. For example:

  • Abbreviation Expansion. Every time an abbreviation appears for the first time, it is explained while expanded.
  • Main Language. The main language of each document is identified.
  • Consistent Presentation Style. Creation of a style through templates, which is consistent on each page.
  • Shortcut to content. En cada página hay un atajo que les permite a los usuarios (sobre todo aquellos que usan lectores de pantalla) saltar aquellos elementos repetitivos en cada página, como los menús de navegación, con el fin de que lleguen al contenido de forma rápida.

On each page, there is a shortcut that allows users (especially those that use screen readers) to jump those repetitive elements on each page, such as browsing menus, in order to rapidly reach the content. PROCOLOMBIA expects that its official portal browsing is as accessible as possible. In case of problems or concerns, please contact the