The Department of Work and Pensions is to make its websites accessible to people using a range of browsers, including the open source Firefox browser.
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The move will see the Internet Job Bank employment search service made compatible to browsers other than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time, in recognition of the growing popularity of other browsers.
Carl Mawson, the DWP’s head of e-communications, said: “As a department we constantly work towards meeting, maintaining and even exceeding the current government accessibility standards, currently set at WAI Conformance Level ‘A’.
“We are very much aware of the widening range of browsers used by our customers and we are working to redevelop our websites so they work in as many browsers and on as many platforms as possible.”
The Jobcentre Plus website already works with non Internet Explorer browsers but the Internet Job Bank element does not. Mr Mawson said the vacancy search service contained “complex applications, which take time to update”.
It is being redesigned to be compatible with non IE browsers, with the new version expected to be up and running towards the end of the year.