Accessibility

Accessibility standards

To make our website accessible to many people with special needs, we aspire to meet Level A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility (WCAG 2.0) guidelines.

http://www.w3.org/standards/techs/wcag

Have your say

We are making ongoing effort to make our site more accessible.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact us.

Here is a guide to some of the main accessibility features in this site: 

Navigation

A hidden menu has been placed at the beginning of each page to allow screen reader users to link to the main areas of the page. A link has also been provided at the beginning of each page to provide easy access to this information on accessibility.

Font size

The fonts used on the site are can be changed in size using the 'Font Size' link at the top of each page. You can also change the size the text within your browser.

Changing font size in Internet Explorer (IE 7 and above)
1. Click on 'page' on the top right hand corner of your browser window.
2. Select 'text size'
3. Select your preferred size (largest, larger, medium, small, smallest)
4. The new font size will be applied to our site.

Changing font size in Firefox
1. Select 'Tools' from the menu bar
2. Click on 'Options'
3. Click on the 'Content' tab
4. Change the font to your preferred size and click 'OK'

Style sheets

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser does not support stylesheets, the use of structured semantic mark up ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.

Forms and fields

Most form fields also have 'label' and 'id' attributes to explicitly associate the form field with its label to allow for easy entry of data.

Links

Links are written to make sense even when taken out of context.

Library Catalogue

We have an accessible version of our library catalogue called Library Anywhere.

Headings and navigation menus

HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles and H2 and H3 tags for subtitles. Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.

Images

All images used in this site include descriptive alt tag attributes. Images are designed to help you navigate through the site, and to help visitors whose first language is not English.

Plain English

As we have over 50 people who write web content, you may notice some variations between different sections of the site. Please let us know if you have any feedback.

We aim to use plain English on every page of our website. By using straightforward, short sentences and easy to understand words we hope the information will be accessible to everyone.

How we’re improving this

  • We train our website authors in writing for the web
  • We require them to follow our online style guide
  • We are also training them in the basic principles of web accessibility and usability
Last updated: Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:04 AM