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- All pages on this site follow priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
- All pages on this site validate as HTML5.
All pages on this site use structured semantic markup.
H1tags are used for page titles and
H2tags for subtitles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+2. Opera users can skip sections by using 'S' and 'W' to cycle forwards and backwards respectively through headings.
Web pages on this site include four different regions:
- a header bar that includes the main navigation,
- a main content area,
- a 'side bar',
- a footer.
When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the four areas are read in the above order.
WAI-ARIA Landmark roles have been added to the main regions of each page to enable page navigation. Landmark roles are currently only supported by the Jaws 10 screenreader although it is hoped that they will receive more widespread adoption. The Paciello Group provides more information about what Landmark roles are and how they can be used and accessed.
Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable
- Content should be usable/accessible with images 'off' (disabled).
- The main navigation bar on this site uses an 'image replacement' technique that makes the links accessible to non-visual browsers.
- Some links may include title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
- Links are written to make sense out of context.
- The first link in every document is a 'skip' link which will take the visitor directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content).
- URLs are permanent whenever possible.
- All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labelled.
- An email address is provided as an alternative form of access for online forms.
- Form validation routine does not rely soley on a client-side script.
- ARIA properties are used on form elements to aid in form validation.
- Non-obtrusive client-side scripts are used.
- Any link that opens in a new window will have a title attribute that says "(Opens in new window)".
- Browsers with pop-up blockers should be able to access these external documents.
- This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
- This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified text size option in visual browsers.
- If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
- Any information conveyed through the use of colour is also available without colour (i.e. text based).
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