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Accessibility statement for TED group websites

Last updated: 14 November 2023


The Publications Office is committed to making the TED websites accessible, in line with Directive 2016/2102 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies. Accessibility is at the core of our design, and we follow universal design principles. This ensures all our users can view and navigate our websites easily, no matter what device they are using.
We are working to ensure that our pages and documents are accessible to all users. This includes users with visual, auditory, cognitive or physical impairments. Our websites can be accessed from different devices such as desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices.

Web accessibility is based on the 4 principles listed below.

  • perceivable – information and the user interface are presented to users in ways they can perceive.
  • operable – the websites’ input screens, controls (e.g. buttons, checkboxes) and navigation are operable.
  • understandable – information and the operation of the user interface must be understandable.
  • robust – web content must work on different browsers and devices, including assistive technologies.

This accessibility statement applies to the TED website:
and its sub-sites listed below:

How we comply

  • We meet at least the WCAG 2.1, level AA standard. This may differ for specific items if there are justified technical or practical reasons.
  • We publish this online accessibility statement.
  • We help users contact us to report accessibility issue.
  • We include accessibility compliance clauses in all contracts with service providers for web development and the production of publications.
  • We perform accessibility audits using internal and external resources.

Compliance status

Our websites are partially compliant with technical standard EN 301 549 v.3.2.1 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA. See ‘Non-accessible content’ for more details.
The websites were last tested on 14 November 2023.

Preparation of this statement

This statement was prepared on 14 November 2023.
The statement is based on a review of a representative sample of web pages by an IAAP qualified accessibility expert, using a combination of manual and automated testing.

Non-accessible content

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the TED websites, we are aware of some limitations, which we are working to fix. Below is a description of known limitations and potential solutions. Please contact us if you encounter an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the TED websites:

  1. Some text and interactive elements may not have sufficient colour contrast, which may make them less visible.
  2. Some interactive elements like buttons and links have no visible focus indicator, meaning it is difficult to see when these elements can be keyboard operated.
  3. Some images may not always have an alternative attribute (text describing the image, which is visible only to screen readers) or it may be presented inappropriately.
  4. Some elements may not have text visible for screen readers or it may be announced incorrectly by a screen reader.
  5. Not all elements on the page can be accessed using a keyboard only.


Feedback and contact information

Contact us to report accessibility issues/give suggestions.
Please be as clear and detailed as possible, so we can understand the problem.
Please also provide your contact details so we can get back to you quickly.