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Sight Impaired

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness. (245709)

We endeavour to adhere to the various guidelines recommended to us, such as those published by the Informability unit of the Central Office of Information, the Images of Disability guidelines of the Office for Disability Issues, and the See It Right guidance by Royal National Institute for the Blind.

However, the majority of Cabinet Office publications are distributed electronically through the Department’s websites and we work to the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative guidance. We use specialist software for checking sites against colour vision and to simulate how images will look to users suffering from:

Deuteranopia (red/green deficiency), Protanopia (another form of red/green deficiency) and Tritanopia (blue/yellow deficiency)