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ITS Won the Gold Awards in Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2014

Certificate of Gold AwardWe are pleased to report that the website of Information Technology Services  (www.its.hku.hk) has won a Gold Award of the Website Stream in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2014, co-organized by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).  This is one of the Gold Awards received by the University this year, on top of four other awards received by the Communications and Public Affairs Office.  Please check out the University’s announcement at http://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_11088.html.

The aim of the scheme is to show appreciation to organisations which have made their websites and mobile applications accessible, with an aim of encouraging adoption of accessibility design to facilitate access to online information and services by all segments of the community, including persons with disabilities.

About Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility refers to the practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities so that they can read, navigate, and contribute on the Web. An inaccessible website could be a kind of disability discrimination and could be considered as an unlawful act under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance.

The HKU Communications and Public Affairs Office and Information Technology Services teams with
Mr Gregory So Kam-leung, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.
(Courtesy of Communications and Public Affairs Office)

Photo of Award Presentation Ceremony


Web Accessibility in ITS Website

ITS has been promoting website accessibility through organizing relevant seminars for University members.   In the past few months, we improved the accessibility of our website through enhancements in various areas.  The 24 judging criteria of the Gold Award in the Scheme were met and some major items were highlighted below-   

Provide meaningful text alternative for non-text contents

All non-text contents, such as icons, photos, pictures, images, banners and maps that are presented to users have a text alternative that provides a meaningful description.

Allow to perform all operations through a keyboard interface

All functions on a webpage are operable through a keyboard interface; the operation shall not enforce a time limit for individual keystrokes.

Provide clear and informative links

If there is a link, either the link text alone or the text preceding the link is clear and meaningful in order to help users navigate.

Provide accurate and appropriate headings/labels

To help users understand what information is contained in the webpage and how information is organised, use clear and appropriate headings and labels to describe a topic or purpose.

Make website content in meaningful sequence

If webpage content needs to be read in a certain order to make sense, webpage shall be written/coded in a way which indicates this order. Webpage, especially web form, shall be coded in a logical manner when read by assistive technologies.

Font Size

Users can rescale the font size of this website with their browser’s re-scaling tool or the font size control tool font size control tool on the top of the webpage. This enables those with mild visual disabilities to read the website directly, without requiring the use of assistive technology such as a screen magnifier.

Colour Contrast

Users can choose to read a “High Contrast” version by selecting the option on the top of the webpage. This provides better contrast between the text and its background, so that it can be more easily read by those with moderately-low vision.

Provide meaningful title, summary or description for table header as well as data

To ensure that the information and relationships of content conveyed in form of a table is perceivable to all.

For details about the judging criteria, please refer to:

For details about the scheme, please refer to:

For the press release about the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme, please refer to:

If you have any questions about Web Accessibility in any HKU website(s), please contact the Equal Opportunity Unit at 2241 5171. In case departments would like to seek advice on building and designing an accessible website, please feel free to contact us at ithelp@hku.hk


Victor Chan
Tel: 3917 5303
Email: chvchan@hku.hk