Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg website - statement on digital accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to the website of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (hereafter referred to as OVGU) published on, which is provided via the central content management system, Egotec, by the University Computer Center.

This statement provides information about how you can obtain assistance, should there be any issues with the accessibility of the website.

As a public entity as defined by Directive (EU) 2016/2102, OVGU strives to make its website and mobile applications accessible in line with

  • the provisions of the law of the state of Saxony-Anhalt on the Equal Treatment of People with Disabilities (Disability Equality Act of Saxony-Anhalt - BGG LSA) and
  • the ordinance on the Equal Treatment of People with Disabilities by Public Entities in Saxony-Anhalt (Disability Equality Ordinance of Saxony-Anhalt - BGGVO LSA).

Assistance with barriers to website accessibility

Please contact us if you notice any shortcomings in relation to accessibility. We will strive to remove any barriers as quickly as possible.

Incoming messages will be processed by the online editorial department of the central Media, Communication and Marketing service unit.

To do so, please use the contact form or the following telephone number: +49 (0)391 675 4693.

Complaint facility

If you notify us of an issue and after one month you have not, in your opinion, received a satisfactory reply, you may complain to the Saxony-Anhalt Ombudsman’s Office (cf. also § 14 BGGVO LSA).

Accessibility implementation status

The requirements concerning the accessibility of the website published by OVGU are contained in:

  • § 16a paragraph 1 sentence 1 and paragraph 2 BBG LSA,
  • § 11 BGGVO LSA.

Compliance with the requirements is verified on the basis of a self-assessment.

This web presence is only partially accessible.

The content listed below is not accessible:

  • Images and graphic functions do not have clear alternative texts throughout.
  • Not all videos and audio have a transcript that describes what can be seen in the video or heard in the audio file.
  • Not all videos have subtitles.
  • The programmatically determinable hierarchy of headings sometimes differs from the content structure of the site.
  • Some quotations are not programmatically tagged as quotations.
  • Not all lists are tagged as HTML lists.
  • Some visible paragraphs are not tagged as HTML paragraphs (p).
  • Tabular data are not always tagged as data tables in HTML.
  • Some labels of form fields and form groups are not programmatically linked with the form field or the form group.
  • Not all form fields have a visible label.
  • Not all error messages are programmatically linked with the form field.
  • When using the arrow keys to navigate, not all content is understandable or easy to use, for example the subsections of the main navigation.
  • The sequencing when using the keyboard is not always logical, for example in the main navigation and the image gallery.
  • When navigating with the keyboard, the focal point is not always clearly visible.
  • Some functions are not accessible with the keyboard.
  • A few contents are only highlighted with color, for example links.
  • The contrast requirements are not always met.
  • The information on other file formats such as PDF is not always contained in the link text.
  • Not all PDF documents are fully accessible yet.
  • Not all operating elements can be accessed with voice input.
  • Not all expressions in other languages are marked as such with the HTML lang tag.
  • Not all pages are consistently valid with regard to HTML syntax.
  • Names, roles or conditions for assistive technologies (e.g., screen reader) are not identifiable for all operating controls.
  • In the case of user-defined settings, not all functions and contents are consistently identifiable and usable.

Reason for the lack of accessible design

OVGU is working continuously on improving its web presence. Due to the wealth of material on the website, it has not yet been able to ensure the digital accessibility of all content and services. We are working towards quickly removing all barriers for people with disabilities.


Date of issue

This statement was issued on 22.02.2024.

Last Modification: 28.02.2024 - Contact Person: Webmaster