Making the Knesset Website Accessible
The Knesset is investing great efforts to make its website accessible, in accordance with the Regulations for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Adjustments for Access to Service), 2013.
An accessible website allows persons with disabilities to browse through it with the same level of efficiency and enjoyment as all other users. The Knesset is promoting equal opportunities in the virtual sphere for people with various disabilities and for those requiring assistive technology devices to use computers.
Most of the pages on the website satisfy all of the Level AA Success Criteria, in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium.
Information about the website's accessibility
- This website is compliant with the Regulations for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Adjustments for Access to Service), 2013.
- The website has been adapted in accordance with the guidelines in Israeli Standard 5568, "Guidelines for Accessibility of Online Content", for AA-level accessibility. This Israeli Standard is identical to the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet.
- The web pages were tested for accessibility using the NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader with the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
- The website provides a semantic structure for assistive technologies and support for standard keyboard pattern use, using the arrow keys, Enter and Esc for exiting menus and windows.
- The website is adapted for commonly used browsers and mobile phones.
- Documents on the website:
- The Knesset is working to make sure that all the Microsoft Office and PDF documents it has been creating since October 26, 2017, are uploaded to the website in an accessible format. Users who wish to view an accessible version of an inaccessible document which appears on the website may submit a request to the Knesset website staff.
- In certain cases, Office documents appearing on the website are accessible according to their original software, but screed readers do not identify headlines within the document. In such cases, the reader may navigate or ascertain the document's structure by using the "Navigation Pane" or "Outline View".
- The website supports NVDA software for users of Windows or the Mac OS X operating system.
- The website provides extensive support for assistive technologies by implementing the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA).
- Accessibility consulting services provided by the A-2-Z internet marketing and accessibility company.
Navigating the website and accessibility aids
- The Knesset website's accessibility features are supported by AVCP software, developed by Make-Sense Inc., with the goal of providing users with the easiest accessibility to content.
- Most of the pages on the website are accessible without the need for any particular action by the user. People with various types of visual impairment can click the Accessibility button on the website, which is compatible with desktop computers. This button can be reached using the mouse or by navigating with the TAB key. Clicking the Accessibility button will open up the accessibility options menu, from which the user selects the appropriate option. To close the menu, use the mouse to click the Accessibility button, or click the X button in the menu, or press the ESC key on the keyboard.
- Color contrast: Use the Accessibility options menu to reduce or enhance screen brightness.
- Navigation: It is possible to create a shortcut menu for preferred content areas. You can navigate forward using the TAB button. To navigate back, press the SHIFT + TAB key combination. Navigation to content areas: You may skip to main content areas by hitting the Enter key when the "skip to main content area" button appears at the top of the page. At the bottom of each page, before the footer, it is possible to jump back to the top of the page by hitting the Enter key when the "back to the top of the page" button appears.
- For an optimal browsing experience, it is recommended to use the latest version of NVDA screen reader software.
Contact us to submit requests or suggestions for improving the website's accessibility
The Knesset does its best to make certain that the website is accessible in accordance with the guidelines specified by law. We try to maintain the site at the highest level of accessibility.
In case you encounter any accessibility problems, the Knesset website's staff will be happy to receive your comments, questions or requests.
In order for us to solve the accessibility problem, please describe it to us: What actions were you attempting? Which page were you viewing? Which browser (and version) were you using? Which operating system? Which assistive technology (if used)? Please attach as many details as possible and contact the Knesset website's staff.
Knesset Website Staff:
Knesset Accessibility Coordinator:
Dan Amar, Operations Division Director
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