The design of the new website has taken into account the capabilities and limitations of the most popular web browsers, and also the needs of people with disabilities. Here you can learn more about the international guidelines on accessibility and the various accessibility features built into the website.
The website conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium's Guidelines. This means that it meets both basic and advanced accessibility standards and can be used by most people with special needs. In addition, the website introduces a linear version, making the website more accessible to all people with different levels of accessibility requirements. The website also uses Cascading Style Sheets and style templates that standardise all the pages on the website, thus enhancing accessibility.
Accessibility Considerations on the website
Accessible by Popular Browsers and Operating Systems
The users can access them with any browser that complies with the standard. But exactly how a webpage is displayed differs between browsers, computers and operating systems. For the best viewing, we suggest that you use Internet Explorer 6 or above for Windows or Firefox 2 or above for Windows, Mac OS or Linux.
To view all the Chinese characters on this website, please download Hong Kong Supplementary Character set.
To view Flash on this website, please download and install Macromedia Flash Plugin.
To view PDF file on this website, please download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader.
To view PDF file on this website, please download and install Windows Media Player.
The content on the website can be viewed at the screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, but is best viewed at 1024 x 768 pixels. Website content can also be viewed at up to 1280 pixels for wider screens.
Enlarged text size
You can enlarge the text size on web pages through a set of buttons in the top right hand corner of every page. Once you have selected a specific size, the settings will remain on your computer for 2 months. If you visit the website again after 2 months, you will need to reset the size.
Users who may be less adept at using the mouse, such as the blind or those with neuromuscular impairments, may need to use the keyboard without a mouse to browse a website.
The website was designed in a way that you can use the keyboard exclusively to access all features and content. For example, when you use the tab key, the cursor will move to all of the menus, hyperlinks or input boxes one by one in a logical order.
Some browsers also provide keyboard shortcuts that can make it easier to browse the website with your keyboard only. Lists of shortcuts for Internet Explorer and Firefox are available through the following links.
Keyboard shortcuts for Internet Explorer
Keyboard shortcuts for Firefox
Use of Alternate Text
All graphical elements such as photos, logos and banners are supplemented by alternate text descriptions for screen readers. In this way, users can gain further understanding of what these graphical elements represent.
Compatibility with Screen Readers and Screen Magnifying Software
The website has been tested against the common screen readers and screen magnifying software used by the visually impaired in Hong Kong, including JAWS 6.2 and Windows Light 2007. The website also works on screen magnifying software such as Zoomtext.