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House of Commons Hansard
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Departmental Computer Software
23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ruislip-Northwood (Mr. Hurd) of 1 March 2009, Official Report, column 916W, on departmental ICT, what fonts were purchased by (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs; and what consideration was given to using fonts available in software packages already in use in each. [323536]

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The Disability Discrimination Act requires Departments to make their materials as accessible as possible and accessibility research suggests that serif fonts are more difficult to read. For the Treasury the existing fonts on the system were examined and none met the accessibility requirements. The core Treasury font was therefore changed to a sans serif font, Humanist 777, ensuring Treasury documents are more accessible.

HM Revenue and Customs purchased a package of font symbols and the cost includes licenses for all of the Department's designers (20 licences).

This new range adds to and updates the Department's library of font symbols to include more up to date images such as mobile phones, Blackberry and iPhone as these were not available in the original software package.