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This statement applies to the website

The DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education provides this web service, and constantly strives to ensure accessibility of the web repository peDOCS in accordance with the national directive for the implementation of the EU 2016/2102 Directive issued by the European Parliament and the Council. The federal state of Hesse in the Federal Republic of Germany holds legal responsibility for DIPF. Therefore, the Hessische Verordnung über barrierefreie Informationstechnik as of 16 September 2019is applicable

Programming of the website was supported by anatom5, an agency specialized in accessible programming. The agency is listed among Liste Sites & Agenturen (formerly BIK-90plus).  For the German version, we received support for texts in easy-to-read language from Wetterauer Büro für Leichte Sprache. A German sign language (Deutsche Gebärdensprache) translation was delivered by Kompetenzzentrum für Gebärdensprache und Gestik (SignGes) at RWTH Aachen. There are currently no English language versions in easy-to-read language and sign language.

Responsive programming of the templates supports all the conventional types of devices. Responsive web design means that a simpler layout is displayed on smaller screens (smartphone, tablet).

On our sites, users of the Firefox browser cannot navigate backward and forward via the backspace key. This modification was necessary to allow for a smooth operation of certain form functionalities. Alternatively, users can press ALT + right arrow or left arrow (command + arrow for MacOS) to navigate. 

Zooming of contents in the browser will not only magnify the text, but this will also lead to viewing one column on the PC screen where horizontal scrolling is not necessary.

So far, the website has not yet undergone a systematic externally run check of its quality in terms of accessibility.

State of compliance with requirements

This website does not fully meet the requirements of the Hessische Verordnung über barrierefreie Informationstechnik as of September 16, 2019.

Inaccessible contents

Owing to the following reasons, the contents listed below are not accessible:

There are currently no pages relating to the description of navigation and contents in "easy to read language" and sign language, which are under construction. Potentially, none of the texts or parts of texts that are displayed under the “display details” header meet the requirements for easy-to-read language. The quantity of the service relates to the bulk of the site, i.e. ca. 16,000 different pages.

At the core, peDOCS offers full texts in PDF format. Currently, around 16,000 full texts are available (as of June 2020) in pdf/a format which are subjected to OCR processing prior to assuring availability. In this context, all the full texts are checked for search functionality and whether texts can be copied from the documents. The files are not fully accessible for screen reader users. Nearly all the documents that are published via peDOCS are delivered by external cooperation partners. The partners are responsible with respect to delivering accessible pdf files. The peDOCS team only converts documents into pdf-a format and runs the checks outlined above.

“peDOCS” most of all targets educational scientists. Given this academic background, the target group can be expected to understand the terminology used. Regardless, the editors endeavour to phrase their texts in a clearly understandable manner.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance in reading texts or paragraphs:

Date of accessibility statement

This statement was issued on May 29, 2020 and last checked on 29.07.2020.

Feedback and contact

Do you have any questions, suggestions or ideas for improving the accessible use of our services?

Please e-mail us: or sent by form via German Education Server
You can also call ++49 69 24708 135

Or you can send a letter to:

DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation
Informationszentrum Bildung
Team peDOCS
Rostocker Str. 6
D-60323 Frankfurt am Main

Enforcement procedure

In case you are not satisfied with our reaction to your questions, ideas or suggestions for improvement, you can contact the commissioner for accessible information technology of the state of Hesse:

Prof. Dr. Erdmuthe Meyer zu Bexten
Regierungspräsidium Gießen
Neue Bäue 2
D-35390 Gießen
phone: +49 641 303-2901
Fax: +49 611 32764 4036

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