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The Home Office recognizes the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all. Our website accessibility standards have been put in place with the intention of making the content accessible to the widest range of visitors. This has been achieved by adhering to best practice, such as the W3C (http://www.w3.org/WAI/) standards, and by careful reference to the standards set out by the eGovernment Unit (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/government_it/web_guidelines.aspx).
Accessibility features on this website
The following features improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text only browsers:
Some browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. If you are using a Windows machine press the 'alt' key and the number of the access key. If you are using a Mac press then 'ctrl' key and the number of the access key.
The pages on this website adhere to the recommended UK Government access keys standard:
- 0. Accessibility
- 1. Home
- 2. News
- 3. Site Map
- 4. Search
- 6. Legal
- 7. Contact us
- Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.
- All images used on this site include descriptive attributes. Purely decorative graphics include empty alt attributes.
- We have checked the site's font and background colour combination against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear.
- Cascading style sheets (CSS) are used to set the colour and size of the text within each page. The formatting can be overridden:
- in MS Explorer by selecting Tools - Internet Options - Accessibility
- in Netscape / Firefox by selecting Edit - Preferences - Appearance - Fonts
- alternatively select 'view' then 'text size' in your browser to adjust the size of the text
- Search facility is available throughout the site to help you find the content you require (access key 4).
This website does not currently meet all priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, but we aim to achieve a minimum WCAG A standard.
- We strive to obey the spirit of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 (http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1995/1995050.htm) with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) (http://www.drc-gb.org/).
- While we use Bobby (http://webxact.watchfire.com/) to test for accessibility, it is just one aspect of our testing procedure as expert evaluations are considered to be more reliable.
If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of this site, if you experience any difficulty using our site contact Web Support giving details of your query.
ARTICLE LAST UPDATED: 19/05/2008