Digital generation gap: China tells companies to make their sites and apps more ‘elderly friendly’
The Chinese government has asked the country’s websites and mobile apps to redesign their pages and interfaces so they are easier for the elderly to navigate in Beijing’s latest push to narrow the digital gap among a rapidly ageing population.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published guidelines on Monday asking web pages and mobile apps to carry out “elderly friendliness modifications” before the end of September – including the use of bigger fonts and a ban on pop-up ads – after which compliant sites will receive an official “web accessibility” label valid for two years.
Satisfactory modifications can even earn points in China’s state-run business credit system that could open the way to bonuses ranging from government subsidies to lower bank loan rates, the ministry said.
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