Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Project PBT





Project PBT

Public Barrier Tracker - Prototype


The Public Barrier Tracker (PBT) shall implement the feedback mechanism as required in Article 7 of the EU Web Accessibility Directive. The goal of this Swedish pilot project is to explore the viability of the PBT, identify any potential "showstoppers" that could prevent the wider deployment, and to develop a proof-of-concept prototype.

Description of Work

The PBT service provides a way for individual end-users of websites to file a barrier report when they encounter a difficulty using a particular webpage or service. The PBT system ensures that a developer responsible for the particular website will process and possibly repair each of the reported barriers. This facilitates not only the barrier repair, but also allows the web site owners to better understand how good the accessibility of their web services is, and how it evolves over time.
The pilot project focuses on outlining how the proposed PBT solution supports and fits into the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive for web sites and on developing a proof-of-concept prototype of the PBT user reporting interface.

Focus of FTB

  • Desk study of national complaint approaches
  • Test of the PBT prototype with a small selection of users

Project Partners

  • Tingtun AS, Norway (project leader)
  • DAKA AS, Sweden

Contact Persons at FTB

  • Dr.-Ing. Helmut Heck (head of FTB development centre)
  • Dipl.-Math. Annika Nietzio


Project Data

  • Duration: 11/2017 - 4/2018
  • Funding: co-funded by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post- och telestyrelsen, PTS)