Accessibility Statement

Standards Compliance

  1. All pages on this site should follow Priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
  2. All pages on this site should validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
  3. All pages on this site should use structured semantic markup. H1 tags should be used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3. Opera users can skip sections by using " S" and "W" to cycle forwards and backwards respectively through headings.

Structural Markup

Web pages on this site should include 4 different areas:

  1. A header bar
  2. A side bar that includes the main site navigation
  3. A main content area,
  4. A footer.

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), these four areas should rendered in the above order.

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Access Keys

Pre-defined access (shortcut) keys often clash with keys set aside for use with other software - including software that allows users with particular needs to browse the Web.

This site does not define access keys so that any potential clashes with other software are avoided.

Images

  1. Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site should have suitable text alternatives.
  2. Content should be usable/accessible with images 'off' (disabled).

Links

  1. Links should be written to make sense out of context.
  2. The first link in every web page should be a "Skip Site Menu". This can be used to jump directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content).

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Accessibility Resources

Further Information

The following links explain the many ways you can make the web more accessible to you.

Accessibility References

  1. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, which explains the reasons behind this policy.
  2. Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. Checklist of Checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 - a guide to accessible web development.

Accessibility Software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  3. Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  4. Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility Services

  1. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  2. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  3. Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

Related Resources

  1. WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.
  2. Designing More Usable Web Sites, a large list of additional resources.