Accessibility statement

We are committed to making our websites and applications accessible to all our users and have an ongoing programme of making useful updates and improvements. We are always happy to receive feedback. Please use our online feedback form to let us know about any problems you have had, or email our Website team.

Code

The Equality and Human Rights Commission website has been developed to best practice coding conventions corresponding with guidelines stipulated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) and successfully XHTML 1.0 strict valid.

Text size

You can change the text size on this application to make it either larger or smaller via your browser settings. Some browsers will allow you to magnify the whole page. To change the text size, follow the instructions below:

Internet Explorer

  • Click 'View' to open the View menu or press 'Alt' and 'V'.
  • Select the 'Text Size' option or select by pressing 'X'.
  • Choose your preferred text size using your mouse or use the up and down arrow keys
  • Click to select the text size or press 'Enter'
  • The text size should change to reflect your choice

Firefox

  • Click ‘View’ to open the View menu
  • Select the ‘Text Size’ option
  • Select ‘Increase’ or ‘Decrease’
  • The text on our site should change to reflect your choice

Safari

  • Click 'View' to open the View menu
  • Click on 'Make Text Bigger' or 'Make Text Smaller' or to use the keyboard shortcuts select
  • ‘Apple’ and ‘+’ (plus) or ‘Apple’ and ‘-’ (minus)
  • The text size on our site should change to reflect your choice

Consistent page headings and titles

A consistent heading structure has been used so that page information is compatible with access technology.

Javascript

Where Javascript is used, we always provide a working alternative for those with Javascript turned off.

Browsers

The following browsers have been tested for compatibility:

  • Internet Explorer (Windows) v7.0 to 9.0
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox (Windows and Mac) v2.0 and 12.0
  • Safari (Mac) v4.v5
  • Opera v9 - 11

Publications

If you would like a publication in an alternative format please contact the Website team.

General web accessibility guidance

BS 8878 Web accessibility - Code of Practice

In December 2010 BSI launched the first British Standard to address web accessibility and the challenge of digital inclusion.

The standard has been designed to introduce non-technical professionals to improved accessibility, usability and user experience for disabled and older people. It will be especially beneficial to anyone new to this subject as it gives guidance on process, rather than on technical and design issues. BS 8878 is consistent with the Equality Act 2010 and is referenced in the UK government’s e-Accessibility Action Plan as the basis of updated advice on developing accessible online services. It includes recommendations for:

  • Involving disabled people in the development process and using automated tools to assist with accessibility testing
  • The management of the guidance and process for upholding existing accessibility guidelines and specifications.

Find out more about BS 8878 from the BSI website

Last updated: 22 Jun 2016