Note on Accessibility

This note on accessibily pertains to the website of the Universität Hamburg published under

In line with EU Directive 2016/2102, we are committed to keep our websites and mobile applications barrier-free and accessible to people with disabilities according to the directives of the Hamburg law for the equal treatment for disabled persons ('Hamburgisches Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz', HmbBGG hereinafter) and the Hamburg ordinance on barrier-free information technology ('Hamburgische Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung', HmbBITVO hereinafter) for the implementation of EU Directive 2016/2102.

Status of meeting accessibility requirements

The requirements to ensure accessibility derive from paragraph 1 HmbBITVO in connection with paragraphs 3: 1 to 4, and paragraph 4 of the federal BITV, which have been put into legislation based on paragraph 11 HmbBGG.

The review whether these requirements are met is based on a self-assessment that was carried out on 30 June 2021.

According to this review this website partly or insufficiently meets the named requirements due to the issues and expections listed below.

In a forthcoming development cycle of the website these issues are planned to be addressed.

Non-barrier-free content

Keeping our website accessible and an intellectually as well as aesthetically pleasing experience for all users has been one of our leadings goals. The design choices presented on this website are the result of a complex process involving earlier hosting institutions, external service providers, and a foundation as our main funding body.

The following content and features of the website are not barrier-free at the moment:

  • Video-loops that appear as headers in a small number of our articles can not be deactivated and are only available as silent videos without alternatives. This is justified through this specific video content primarily being an artistic feature to the texts presented below.
  • The light-green colour used to highlight block-quotations and hyperlinks has been chosen to mirror the logo of the Freigeist-profile which is instrumental to the existance of this website. We will consider solutions to further improve contrast and visibility within the next cycle of design changes with our project partners.
  • At the moment, empty alt-attributes can not yet be displayed for all layout graphics. These issues will be considered in a forthcoming development cycle.

Please note that the user experience for users navigating without a mouse may differ depending on the browser used.

Creation date / last update of the note on accessibility

This note has been created on 15 July 2021 and last checked on 19 July 2021.

Report barriers to the feedback contact

Have you come across severe barriers when visiting our website

Please don't hesitate to contact us by email or letter:

Dr. Bernhard Schirg
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Arbeitsbereich Public History
Überseering 35 #5
22297 Hamburg

Tel.: +49 40 42838 4877


If your feedback to the contact named above has not led to a satisfying solution, you can contact the arbitration board according to paragraph 13 a HmbBGG.

The mission of the arbitration board is to support disabled persons and public institutions in finding extrajudicial conciliation regarding conflicts on topics of accessibility. The process of conciliation is for free. It is not necessary to seek legal advice.

For the time being, the ombudsperson's office of the Senate Chancellery of Hamburg acts for the arbitration board that is currently being established.



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