Website Accessibility

Accessibility statement

A website for all people, a website for Haringey

Our site is for all people. It has been designed with our target users in mind and Haringey people have been consulted at every stage of the design process. We have created a website that is designed to be accessible for the widest possible audience – regardless of ability.

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How do people with disabilities use the internet

People with disabilities, such as a visual impairment, may use assistive technologies to use the internet. Assistive technologies are products used by people with disabilities to help accomplish tasks that they cannot do easily otherwise.

Assistive technology comes in many different forms, some of these include:

  • Speech synthesis (speech output)
  • Alternative keyboards or switches
  • Braille and refreshable Braille
  • Screen magnifiers
  • Sound notification
  • Screen readers
  • Speech recognition
  • Text browsers
  • Voice browsers

The Haringey website has been built so that people using the technologies listed above can access and use the information available.

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W3C – validation service

This site is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices. The site displays correctly with current browsers, and using standard XHTML code means that any future browsers will also display this website correctly.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Valid CSS

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Web Accessibility Initiative – Double A conformance

This website seeks to conforms to the Double-A level of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 as a minimum, whilst aiming for Triple-A conformance. The Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these Guidelines helps to make the Web more accessible to users with disabilities and benefits all users.

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Free text to speech software/screen readers

We do not offer text to speech facilities on this website, however there are a number of free text to speech (or screen reading) tools you may wish to use, including the following:

Note: The list is an indication of what is available not a full list. There are also paid for solutions available you may prefer - search online for more options.

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Accessible Videos

We now display a number of videos on our website. These are hosted on our council YouTube account (external link) and embedded on our pages using an accessible media player developed for us by Nomensa (external link). The player ensures compliance with W3C guidelines and unlike most Flash controlled players the Nomensa player is keyboard accessible via html based controls and opens the door to the visually impaired using assistive technologies.

Where they are available we have added in captions and a transcript to help deaf and visually impaired site visitors, however not all videos we display have commissioned captioning or transcripts. We are now advising all new and future video development carried out by Haringey Council include appropriate captions, transcripts and/or subtitles as part of the commissioning process.

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This list correct as of October 2012.

There may be a few pages that do not conform to all the guidelines, particularly as we move from WCAG 1.0 to WCAG 2.0. Known issues include:

  • E-forms - there are a number of issues related to the e-form software we are using including incorrect page titles, tables used for layout, headings not marked up properly, no customisation of session time and no indication of current position within the form. These are limitations of the version of the e-form software we currently use. We are reviewing our position regarding e-forms and will aim to replace the most commonly used e-forms with a new, fully accessible solution within the next 18 months.
  • Videos without subtitles, captions and audio descriptions - even though we have a fully accessible media player on the site, some of the videos we have been asked to broadcast do not have any subtitles, captions or transcripts. We have developed new guidelines for services producing video content to ensure these are included in all future Haringey commissioned videos.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations - these should be marked up using appropriate tags - a limitation of our content management system we are seeking to address.
  • Widgets -  we use a number of third party widgets on our website from providers such as the NHS, TfL and Splashpath. Some of these are not currently fully compliant with WCAG 2.0 guidelines, and we have requested changes are made to the widget code. In the meantime we will offer links to alternative accessible sources of information alongside the widgets for people who are having problems accessing the information.
  • Tables - data tables on our website are not marked up properly using the caption or scope attributes. This is a limitation of the Content Management System software we are using, which we will seek to redress with any replacement.
  • Third party websites - we are aware that some websites not directly managed by Haringey Council (such as our e-payments system) do not meet the same standards as our main website. We are currently working with suppliers to fix all known issues.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the whole site conforms, with so many pages and contributors, this is an ongoing process. If you have any problem accessing any information on the site, please email us at and we will endeavour to provide the information in a suitable format.

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This site was designed and developed in-house, with accessible xhtml and css coding provided by Nomensa (external link).

For more information about the website development please email us at

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