Department for Culture Media and Sport
DCMS is committed to ensuring that its websites achieve a high standard of accessibility for the benefit of all our visitors, regardless of disability or impairment and to meet its statutory obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (1995).
Our accessibility standards adhere to the World Wide Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0) and to recommendations set out by the e-Government Unit. Currently all template pages of our main website are compliant to WCAG priority 1 and 2 (compliance AA) standard.
We test our sites using screenreaders, automated validation tools and by manual checks. For major site redesigns we also undertake accessibility testing with users from a spectrum of disabilities – visual, cognitive and motor. These tests are carried out during the design phase.
We recognise that all our visitors, particularly with cognitive and learning disabilities benefit from web sites that are easy to read and understand. Currently our site has been evaluated at:
If you have a suggestion about how we can improve the accessibility of our site or you would like more information about our accessibility policy please do get in touch. Our contact details and a feedback form are available on the contact us page.
1rough guide to the number of years of schooling it would take someone to understand the text. 17 is considered postgraduate level
2on a 100 scale. The higher the score the easier to understand
3another measurement of the average years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content.