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Accessibility statement for the WCAG 2.1 Primer

This accessibility statement applies to the WCAG 2.1 Primer at https://alphagov.github.io/wcag-primer/.

This website is run by the Accessibility team at the Government Digital Service (GDS). We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible.

There are issues caused by our Technical Documentation Template.

Feedback and contact information

If you need any part of this service in a different format like large print, audio recording or braille, email accessibility@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk.

We’ll aim to get back to you within 3 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email accessibility@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

GDS is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some parts of this website are not fully accessible because of issues caused by our Technical Documentation Template.

How we tested this website

We last tested this website for accessibility issues in September 2020.

We used manual and automated tests to look for issues such as:

  • lack of keyboard accessibility
  • link text that’s not descriptive
  • non-unique or non-hierarchical headings
  • italics, bold and block capital formatting
  • inaccessible formatting in general
  • inaccessible language
  • inaccessible diagrams or images
  • lack of colour contrast for text, important graphics and controls
  • images not having meaningful alt text
  • problems when using assistive technologies such as screen readers and screen magnifiers

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to fix the accessibility issues with the Technical Documentation Template by the end of March 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 10 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 31 December 2020.

This website was last tested in September 2020. The test was carried out by the technical writing team at GDS. We used the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool and a checklist we created with the help of the GDS accessibility team. We tested a selection of the website’s pages.

This page was last reviewed on 4 September 2020. It needs to be reviewed again on 4 March 2021 .
This page was set to be reviewed before 4 March 2021. This might mean the content is out of date.