Website Accessibility Statement

This website endeavours to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

WCAG Principles

The four principles that guide how the WCAG is managed can be considered the ultimate goals for web accessibility. They are a direct philosophy put into practical action on websites around the world.

Perceivable

Information and user interface components must be presented to users in ways they can perceive. This means content must be evident to at least one or more of their senses.

So, for example, in order to create a perceivable piece of information that will get through to the senses of the user:

  • The web page and its text must be compatible with screen readers or other assistive technology and devices
  • Text alternatives must be provided for non-text content (such as images)
    When creating content, consider that it ought to be capable of being presented in multiple ways without losing meaning
  • Make it easier for users to see and hear content you provide

Operable

User interface components and navigation must be operable. This means that users must be able to operate the interface, and the interface cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform.

Some ways this can be achieved include:

  • Making all functionality available from a keyboard
  • Giving users enough time to read and use content
  • Avoiding content that causes seizures or physical reactions
    Helping users navigate and find content
  • Making it easier to use inputs other than a keyboard

Understandable

Information and the operation of user interfaces must be understandable. This means that users must be able to understand the information, as well as how to operate the user interface.

Some ways this can be achieved include:

  • Making text readable and understandable
  • Making content appear and operate in predictable ways
    Helping users avoid and correct mistakes

Robust

Content must be provided in numerous ways so that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies. This means that users must be able to access the content (and remain accessible) as technologies advance.

This can be achieved by:

  • Using standards to guide how content is presented

If any of these are not true, users with disabilities will not be able to use the web.

Additionally, under each of the Principles are Guidelines and Success Criteria that provide a roadmap for web content to become as accessible as possible

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