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Accessibility Features


The Department of Internal Affairs website has been specifically designed for people with disabilities. It has features that are aimed at people with visual impairment and those who prefer to use the keyboard than a mouse.

Navigating the site without a mouse

This site uses the standard HTML features for site wide navigation using the keyboard. Listed below are the short-cut keys specific to this site. Other short-cut keys are standard, but vary from browser to browser. These keys will take you to any part of the site. Once within the site you can use the TAB key to go from link to link.

Here is a list of short cut keys that are used within the site:

(Windows: use alt+[number]+Enter to use with IE5x. For Netscape 6x just use Alt+[number]. Macintosh: same as above but use 'ctrl' instead of 'alt'.)


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Features for visually impaired users

The site has been structured to be screen reader compatible. We have tested the site with several screen-reader capable browsers.

You can also override most of the design features of the site, to change the font, font size, font colour, or background colours to suit your visual preferences.

We do not endorse or support any particular browsers, but we have tested our site with Opera and with IBM’s Home Page Reader. We will be expanding our testing program to ensure that our site can support as many browsers as possible. Our aim is to be compatible with the HTML 4.01 standard and to limit browser-specific features as far as possible.

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Last updated: 18/01/2006