Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Helsinki Design System documentation website. The site address is hds.hel.fi.

Statutory provisions applicable to the website

This website was published after 23.09.2018. The website must fulfill statutory accessibility requirements.

The objective of the city

As regards the accessibility of digital services, Helsinki aims to reach at least Level AA or above as outlined in the WCAG guidelines in so far as is reasonably practical.

Compliance status

The accessibility compliance of this website was evaluated by a third-party auditor on 27. June 2022. Most of the issues noted in the audit were fixed. Three (3) issues were not fixed before the release of this site. The team will continue improving the site accessibility during 2022. The remaining issues will be fixed if it is technically feasible.

Currently, known accessibility issues are:

  • <i> tag has been used in navigation link icons. (1.3.1 Info and Relationships)
  • On component pages, when clicking the "Copy code" button, the user does not get feedback on whether the copy was successful or not. (4.1.3 Status Messages)
  • The jump to content link does not always work correctly when using a screen reader. (2.4.1 Bypass Blocks)

Preparing an accessibility statement

This statement was originally prepared on 28. June 2022. The statement has been updated on 28. June 2022.

Updating the accessibility statement

The accessibility statement will be updated so that it corresponds with the most recent compliance status of the website.

Requesting information in an accessible format

If a user feels that content on a website is not available in an accessible format, they can request this information by e-mail at hds@hel.fi.

It is also possible to send requests through a feedback form.

The aim is to reply to the inquiry within a reasonable time frame.

Feedback and contact information

City of Helsinki, City Executive Office, Helsinki Design System team (hds@hel.fi)

The City of Helsinki and accessibility

The objective of the city of Helsinki is to be an accessible city to all. Helsinki aims to ensure that all residents can move about and act as effortlessly as possible and that all content and services are accessible to all.

The city promotes the accessibility of digital services by streamlining publishing work and organising accessibility-related training for its staff.

The accessibility level of websites is monitored constantly during their maintenance. Immediate action will be taken if deficiencies are found. The aim is to carry out the necessary amendments as quickly as possible.

The disabled and users of assistive technologies

The city provides counseling and support for the disabled and users of assistive technologies. Support is available on guidance sites announced on the city’s website and through telephone counseling.

Approval of the accessibility statement

This statement was approved on 28. June 2022 by the City Executive Office, City of Helsinki