Accessibility

Accessibility refers to the ability of using all products such as website, mobile site, application etc. by people with different disabilities. Adhering to the E-accessibility Policy adopted by ITA, Invest Easy portal is committed to ensure that all people including persons with disabilities and elderly people can use the portal and reach its content easily.

Accessibility policy:

Believing that persons with disability and elderly people have the right to access to information, e-services , applications etc., the ITA adopted E-accessibility policy, aiming at providing fair and equal life opportunities to persons with disability and elderly people through the use of information and communications technology (ICT).

The Invest Easy (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) portal has been built with the intention of making the content accessible to the widest range of visitors, regardless of disability or impairment. This accessibility statement records the main steps that we have taken to accommodate the needs of disabled people:

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The 'Triple A' accessibility feature enables visitors to increase the font size of the text on the entity's website without having to go to the browser options to do so. This is particularly useful when reading Arabic content. Arabic fonts in general are read much clearer when enlarged.

Web content accessibility

We are fully committed to make all contents in Invest Easy portal (such as web pages, web applications, text, images, forms, etc.) accessible to all users by adopted Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and standards (WCAG) from the W3C consortium www.w3c.org . We strive to present the contents in a way to be consistent in most commonly used web browsers to ensure a smooth online experience for all users. These accessibility standards and guidelines are only applicable to all contents published in Invest Easy portal; however we cannot guarantee that they are implemented in other websites which are reachable through external links from this portal.

Text to Speech / Speech-Text Reader

TTS is a very usable feature especially for the visually impaired as it allows the reading of the content across all pages of the website.

An assistive speech feature has been embedded into the portal to help in converting texts into speech. This technology is very useful for visually impaired users and even other users with difficulty who find it difficult to read text online.

When user click the visual ‘speaker’ icon, the text in this section will be read aloud as voice output. The accent is neutral and the pace is set to be normal so that users from various part of the world can understand the speech contents. User also may adjust the speaker volume to suit his personal comfort.

The content can be downloaded as audio file in MP3 format in to the computer by clicking on the ‘No Sound?’ option in the player and listen to them later on.

Video Help

To provide help using our E-services we have prepared several tutorial videos which can be found near the appropriate service or in our YouTube channel.

Navigation

To ensure that user can easily locate the information he needs, the contents and features of this portal have been grouped based on certain themes and user profiles. Various components have been placed under these themes and profiles to increase familiarity so that navigation to specific part of this portal will be easier for him.

Changing font size and screen resolution

User can use visual "+" and "-" Icons to increase or decrease the font size or can increase the font size for comfortable reading by pressing Control and + key several times till it will be comfortable and suitable to him in reading the text. User can also view the window in full screen by pressing the F11 key (or clicking on ‘View’ option from the toolbar, then choosing ‘full screen’).

Depending on which web browser you are using, this can be done in the following ways:

Internet Explorer: select View > Text size

Mozilla Firefox: select View > Zoom

Opera: select View > Zoom

Safari: select View > Make text [Bigger / Smaller / Normal Size]

Alternatively you can change the resolution of your computer screen to make the entire screen display bigger or smaller. Depending on which sort of computer you are using, this can be done in the following ways:

Microsoft Windows computer: select Start > Control Panel > Display > Settings

Apple Macintosh computer: select System Preferences > Displays > Resolution

 

KEYBOARD Settings and Shortcuts

User can enable the keyboard-based access controls in his operating system in order to access the portal using only keyboard-based short cut keys instead of using his mouse.

The following are the settings and instructions for Microsoft Windows Operating System environment:

F1: Display the help file for the current program.

F4: Repeat the last action

F11: View page content in Full Screen view.

Ctrl + Z: Undo the last action

Tab: to navigate between Web page elements.

Alt + Tab: Switch between currently running programs.

Windows key + D: Show your desktop.

Windows key + E: Start Windows Explorer.

Windows key + U: Open the 'Ease of Access Center', to change accessibility options on your computer.

Ctrl + C: Copy selected text/graphics to the clipboard.

Ctrl + V: Paste text/graphics from the clipboard.

Ctrl + X: Cut selected text/graphics (a copy is saved to the clipboard).

Ctrl + N: Open a New Window.

Alt + letter: Activate the menu represented by a particular letter that is underlined in the menu bar. For example, you can access the Alt + F = Activate ‘File' drop-down menu.

The following are the settings and instructions for APPLE OSX Operating System environment

Command + Shift+?: Open Mac Help.

Command + Z: Undo / Redo.

Command + N: Create a new document in the front-most application / new window in a browser.

Command + Q: Quit the front-most application.

Option-Command + M: Minimize all windows of the active application to the Dock.

Option-Command + C: Copy the style of the selected text.

Command + V: Paste the Clipboard contents at the insertion point.

Command + X: Remove the selection and store in the Clipboard.

Control + F5: Move focus to the toolbar.

F 10: Show all windows in selected application.

F 11: Show Desktop Window.

Command + M: Minimize window.

Option-Command + M: Minimize all windows.

 

Using keyboard to navigate

It is easy to navigate our portal using user's keyboard keys. This can be done using the following keys:

  • Arrow keys to scroll up or down the page.
  • Tab key to move between links.
  • Return or Enter key to select a link.
  • Backspace key to go back to the previous page.
  • Press the tab key to work through the links on the page, hold down the shift key and press tab to go back through the links. When you select a link press Enter to go to the page. To go back a page press backspace button.
  • Image description
  • If user is a blind, this portal, wherever possible, provides alternative text components to graphical elements like logo, pictures, labels, etc. that make it easier for screen-reader software to describe the contents. This helps the blind people who use such software to get a fair idea about relative graphic web elements.

Text Colors

To help user read the contents of this portal, a safe web-palette of colors has been used to avoid use of colors as the only key differentiator of links and texts. The background and text colors have good contrast to be read easily.

Browser compatibility

We assure that the contents of this portal have been designed to suit most of the commonly used web browsers. Appropriate attributes and tags have been used in the web-coding so as to ensure clear use of language components and smooth transformation of table elements in both old and new technical environments of the browsers. This portal has been tested with most common web browsers, namely: Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, FireFox and Chrome.
As this portal uses JavaScript codes, user is kindly requested to enable his browser setting to run this component in order to enjoy a smooth experience while browsing this portal. And as portal may display some confirmation messages, user is kindly requested to enable his browser setting to not block pop-up windows in order to enjoy a smooth experience while browsing this portal.

File formats

Keeping the design of the portal device independent made the contents of this portal to be read by any user-agent or document reader. This means that users can interact with the portal through their preferred input or output device including command line inputs.
Additionally, the forms section of this portal contains documents either in Microsoft™ Word format, Adobe™ PDF format or XBRL format as indicated by the icon. It also provides links to download the Reader Software, so visitors can install these free-readers and view the downloaded files.

Forms accessibility

All services forms are electronic and have been designed completely as per accessibility guidelines; for example, they can be read and filled in using assistive technologies perfectly. Working is progress to convert the other forms too to be in similar format.

Navigation Aids

All pages contain a link to the home page, and the menu system has been constructed in a consistent fashion throughout the portal. The additional breadcrumb navigation system and selective quick links boxes are designed to reinforce awareness of the location of the page that is being viewed within the portal, and to increase overall access to all of the information that is available.

All pages on the portal include a search box and advanced search options are available on the advanced search page.

Links

Many links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail. Links are written to make sense out of context.

Images

All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual Design

This portal uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.

Compatible Browsers

IE 7.0+, Firefox 3.0+, Chrome 4.0+ and Safari 4.0+.

If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.