Accessibility

August 26th, 2012

Accessibility

We’ve provided the features below to improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers.

Navigation shortcuts

There is a short menu at the start of some pages that allows you to jump directly to the most important parts of the page, including main content and navigation. Sighted people who use the keyboard to navigate will see these links appear on screen when using the Tab key to navigate through the page. Some shortcuts have an access key assigned.

Access key usage

An access key allows you to jump to a specific part of a web page using the keyboard, rather than a mouse. Click here for a list of access keys.

The access keys we have┬áchosen follow the government’s website guidelines and, wherever possible, avoid conflicting with commonly used screen reader keyboard shortcuts.

Structured, semantic mark-up: headings and navigation menus

HTML heading tags are used to convey the document layout. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc. 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.

Standards compliance

The pages on this site conform at a minimum to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). The pages use structured semantic mark-up [to ensure that the code will work correctly on the majority of web browsers] and our CSS also validates the pages [to ensure that there are no errors that may affect viewing]. We are committed to providing services online in line with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995, as required by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).

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