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Accessibility

Help with reading and understanding the content of our websites

This section covers the way we have used icons and plain English on our website in order to help you read and understand the content.

 

Icons

We have used a number of icons on our website in order to help you understand the content and to enable you to scan for specific content efficiently. The following icons appear on many pages of our sites in the right-hand bar.

Internet links icon  Internet Links

This icon refers to external links to other websites that are related to the content of a particular page. Please note all external links open in new windows.

Related documents icon   Related documents

This icon refers to other documents that are related to the content of a particular page. These links could be on the same Home Office website, on another Home Office stakeholder website (external) or other external website. Please note all external links open in new windows.

For practitioners icon   For Practitioners

This icon refers to external links to other Home Office websites, which are aimed at people who perform Government-related work.

PDF icon   Portable Document Format (PDF)

This icon appears on all PDF document cover pages and refers to the format of the document. PDF stands for Portable Document Format and in order view this format you will need PDF reading software such as Adobe Reader.

Find out more about PDF format and Adobe Reader

Plain English campaign

The Home Office website for the public - www.homeoffice.gov.uk and www.drugs.gov.uk (new window), the website for drugs professionals, have been accredited with the Crystal Mark by the Plain English campaign. We aim to use straight-forward well-structured language on all of our websites and hope that we have made the language content of this website easy to read and to understand.

If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about reading and understanding the content of our websites send us an email (new window), we would like to hear from you.

For more information on help with reading websites, go to the BBC My Web My Way website http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/win/language/sub_1.shtml (new window).

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