Trade and Industry
Charles Hendry (Shadow Minister, Trade & Industry; Wealden, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure the Department's websites attain the W3C AAA standard of accessibility for people with visual and other disabilities; and if he will set a target date for this standard to be achieved by.
Alan Johnson (Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry; Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Labour)
DTI follows the Guidelines for UK Government Websites which mandate Level A of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. DTI aims to go beyond this by meeting the AA standard, along with those elements of AAA which are considered best practice. However, neither the Government Guidelines, e-Accessibility communications from the European Union or advice from the RNIB have ever suggested that government websites should attain and maintain the whole of Level AAA.
We do recognise importance of ensuring all of our web content is accessible to all our customers, regardless of disability, level of technology or other factors. We therefore strive to build accessibility and usability into all our websites, from commissioning the initial design to the ongoing maintenance.