Browsers & Accessibility

Your web application or digital service must be must be universally accessible, with a responsive design that works on all devices.

Javascript is acceptable, but the service must be able to operate should it be unavailable (i.e. through user choice or network issues/restrictions). Similarly, the service should be able to display sufficient information to be used by users should css styling not be available.

Browser compatability

You will need to ensure your web application or digital service is compatible with the browsers specified by the Government Digital Service at their designing for different browsers and devices page.

This relates to use of GOV.UK websites, which may not reflect local use in Oxford, but we think they are a good baseline to use.

Also, bear in mind that Council staff use IE9 as a default browser due to compatibilty issues with some legacy IT systems.


We aim to be an inclusive Council where no one is left behind. We require a minimum Level AA compliance with Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) accessibility guidelines

For practical guidance, see the WIA Tips on Developing for Web Accessibility

Other practical guidance is available from the Home Office posters on web accessibility available on their Github site.