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Overseas visitors of this website should note that the telephone numbers and facsimile lines of Hong Kong are preceded by the area code "852" and "$" in documents, unless specified, refers to Hong Kong dollars.

Disclaimer

The information provided by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("the Government") on this website ("the Government's information") is for reference only.  Whilst the Government endeavours to ensure the accuracy of the Government's information on this site, no express or implied warranty is given by the Government as to the accuracy of the Government's information.

This website also contains information input by other parties and users may link this site to other sites and obtain information provided by other parties (collectively called "the other information").  The Government expressly states that it has not approved nor endorsed the other information contained in or in connection with these sites.

The Government does not accept any responsibilities for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever in connection with this website.  The Government is entitled to delete, suspend or edit all information on this site at any time at its absolute discretion without giving any reason.  Users are responsible for making their own assessments of all information contained in or in connection with this site and are advised to verify such information by making reference to its original publication and obtain independent advice before acting on it.

Copyright Notice

Unless otherwise indicated, the materials found on this site are subject to copyright owned by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Government copyright protected materials may be reproduced and distributed free of charge in any format or medium for personal or internal use within an organisation, or if you are a legal professional, patent agent or trade mark agent, for the purposes of providing professional services, subject to the following conditions:-

  • the copy or copies made must not be for re-sale or commercial distribution purpose;
  • the materials must be reproduced accurately and must not be used in a manner adversely affecting the moral rights of the Government;
  • the source of the materials must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

Please note that this permission only applies to Government copyright materials. Where third party copyright is involved, permission to reproduce or otherwise use such material must be obtained from the copyright owners concerned.

If you intend to use the Government copyright materials on this website for re-sale or commercial distribution, or for any other purpose which is not covered by the permission given in this notice, please contact us via our email address enquiry@dsd.gov.hk.

Accessibility Statement

This website adopts web accessibility design and conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standard.  Should you have any enquiries or comments on its accessibility, please contact us via our email address enquiry@dsd.gov.hk.

System Requirements

Browsers and Operating Systems

The HTML 4.01 standard has been applied to the webpages on the DSD Homepage, and users can access them with any browser that complies with the standard.  But exactly how a webpage is displayed differs between browsers, computers and operating systems.

Cookies and JavaScript

For the best viewing experience, we suggest that you enable JavaScript and allow cookies on your browser.  If you disable JavaScript and cookies, you may not be able to use some of the special features in the DSD Homepage such as the text size buttons and personalised colours.  Moreover, your preference for text size and colours will remain on your computer for 30 days.

Software for Opening Documents

The DSD Homepage links to documents and files in a number of formats. You can download free software for opening these files from the following websites:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Viewers for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • OpenOffice
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Flash Player

Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set (HKSCS)

The Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set (HKSCS) contains Chinese characters that are specific to the Hong Kong environment and are used by the public and the Government in electronic communications.  By using the HKSCS, the public and the Government share a common set of characters to make electronic communications more effective and accurate.

To view and input Chinese characters in HKSCS, you may need to install additional software. Please visit the following website for detailed information.

Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set