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Accessibility

The GOV.UK Technical Documentation Template and its documentation are maintained by the technical writing team at the Government Digital Service (GDS).

Accessibility statement for the Technical Documentation Template documentation website

This accessibility statement applies to the documentation at https://tdt-documentation.london.cloudapps.digital/.

This website is run by 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 because of issues caused by our Technical Documentation Template.

We’re committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, email technical-writers@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 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 technical-writers@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

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.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to fix the issues with the Technical Documentation Template by the end of 2020.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 2 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 2 September 2020.

This website was last tested in May 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 all the website’s pages.

Using the Technical Documentation Template for your own documentation

This Technical Documentation Template was last tested in August 2020. The test was carried out by the Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC).

DAC tested an example set of documentation pages to cover the different types of content that the Technical Documentation Template allows. They also tested the search functionality that appears on every page in the Technical Documentation Template.

This Technical Documentation Template is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below:

We plan to fix the accessibility issues by the end of 2020.

While GDS takes steps to ensure the Technical Documentation Template is as accessible as possible by default, you still need to carry out contextual research. Using the Technical Documentation Template does not mean your service automatically meets level AA of WCAG 2.1.

You’ll still need to make sure your documentation as a whole meets accessibility requirements. You must research your documentation content to ensure that it’s in context.

Find out what you need to do to make your service accessible in the GOV.UK Service Manual.

This page was last reviewed on 1 September 2020. It needs to be reviewed again on 1 March 2021 by the page owner #tech-writers .
This page was set to be reviewed before 1 March 2021 by the page owner #tech-writers. This might mean the content is out of date.