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Accessibility statement



We are committed to making the Chip and PIN website accessible to as wide a range of users as possible.

Ease-of-use features

We have developed this site to widely recognised standards and implemented many ease of use features:

  • How to resize text: in Internet Explorer on the PC, go to "View" on the top menu bar of the browser, scroll down and select "Text Size", then select the required text size. For Netscape (PC and Mac), Mozilla (PC) and IE (Mac), go to "View" in the top bar of the browser, then select "Text Zoom", and choose the required text size.

    For Safari (Mac), go to "View" in the top bar of the browser, then choose "Make text bigger" or "Make text smaller" in the dropdown.

  • How to disable the style sheet: in Internet Explorer on the PC, go to "Tools" on the top menu bar, "Internet Options", then select the "Accessibility" tab. Click the top three boxes in the popup window. If you wish to attach your own style sheet, this can be done using the bottom half of this popup window.

    For Internet Explorer on the Mac, under the Explorer menu, select "Preferences", "Web Browser" then "Web Content". In the "Page Content" area, clear the checkboxes next to the items to be enabled or disabled, including the style sheet.

    For Safari (Mac), under the Safari menu, select "Preferences" then advanced. Other style sheets can be attached here.

  • Hyperlinked text has been written to clearly describe the target links, and therefore should be understandable even when removed from context.
  • A site map has been provided, and lists and links all the pages on the website.
  • Skip links, which enable screen-reading software to bypass repetitive navigation links, have been implemented.
  • In general, web pages have been constructed in a two- or three-column layout. The left hand column always contains navigation menus; the middle column always contains the principal page content, and the right hand column (if used) contains information panels and links to other material. Visitors using certain screen-reading software should set that software to column detection mode.
  • The site makes extensive use of PDF documents for press releases, technical documents and guides, and other informative material. To convert these to an accessible format, visit the Adobe Access website, or the Adobe Simple PDF Conversion facility.
  • Links to PDFs and external websites all open in a new browser window.

Access Keys

Access keys have been implemented to access the main sections of this site. This is an alternative to using a mouse, or other pointing device and can be quicker than using a mouse.

How to use them if you use Internet Explorer

  • press and hold the 'alt' key
  • press the required letter or number
  • release the keys and press the 'enter' key

How to use them if you use Netscape

  • press and hold the 'alt' key
  • press the required letter or number

How to use them if you use a Mac

  • press and hold the 'control' key
  • press the required letter or number

Access Keys Used

If you have any comments regarding the accessibility of our website please email us.

Accessibility standards

The Chip and PIN website at http://www.chipandpin.co.uk has been developed to Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) level AA standards, and has been tested using a combination of automated tools (including the Bobby tool), expert evaluation and end-user testing by people with a variety of abilities.

Level Double-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Bobby WorldWide Approved AA

Our website pages validate as HTML 4.01 transitional, according to W3C standards.