This accessibility statement applies to content published on the website.

This website is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It is designed to be used by as many people as possible and is the main style guide for the ONS. The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • 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

We have 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

Parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • some inaccessible chart examples are included on purpose as a way of demonstrating best practice
  • the search bar does not have an associated label
  • the floating table of contents cannot be accessed by a keyboard

How to request content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format contact us and tell us:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example, accessible PDF

We will reply within five days to let you know when we will be able to provide the information. We will consider every request but may not be able to provide an alternative accessible format on every occasion.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting the accessibility requirements, contact us.

Enforcement procedure

If you contact us with a complaint and you are not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

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”).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Office for National Statistics is committed to making this 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

The website is used to inform users about best practice for accessibility and so includes some examples of inaccessible charts in Chart design and Using colours. The content of these inaccessible charts may fail some WCAG 2.1 success criteria, for example, 1.4.3 (contrast (minimum)). However, these charts are included to provide users with an example of best practice only. They are not to convey data or information. We have included alternative (alt) text explaining what inaccessible feature the chart shows and provided context in the surrounding text and headings to ensure they are as accessible as possible.

The search bar at the top of every page does not have an associated label. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). We plan to resolve this by 31 October 2020.

When a user navigates beyond the table of contents on a page, a floating menu appears at the top of the page and this is not accessible using keyboard-only navigation. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (keyboard). We plan to resolve this by 31 October 2020.

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Not applicable.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

The Style.ONS site is designed to be a digital-first style guide and we are constantly working to update our guidance and improve our pages as we develop the style guide.

We plan to identify and fix any outstanding issues according to the timescales shown for each area above. We will ensure that any new content or guidance we add meets the new accessibility guidelines.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 17 September 2020. The test was carried out by the ONS Content Design team who completed an internal audit using manual and automated testing.

The manual test consisted of reviewing the content on every page of the site and making any content fixes to bring the content in line with the new WCAG 2.1 guidelines. The automated audit involved testing the majority of pages for desktop and mobile devices.