What is Accessibility?
In this instance, accessibility refers to the attempt to ensure that our sites content can be read by everyone, regardless of disability and technology used.
We understand that accessibility should not be seen as an “optional extra”, but must be considered as a fundamental consideration at every stage of site development work, and we try to ensure that our media works consistently with its assistive technologies to ensure an accessible experience for disabled users.
Often people are at a disadvantage when browsing a web site because they have not been accounted for in the design of the site. We have tried to provide a high level of accessibility and developments in this regard are ongoing.
For complete accessibility advice please visit the BBC accessibility pages ‘My web my way’
Accessible for all
Below are examples of ways the site is made more accessible to people:
- Pictures have descriptive text (alt attributes) in addition to text
- Built using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), to set the colour, size and layout of the text within each page
- Link text contains information about their destination and there is suitable space around links
- The simplest, clearest and most compact language appropriate for the site’s content is used
- Navigation is consistent and different sections of the page are clearly defined
- To ensure better understanding for those whose concentration of long pieces of information may not last (for instance, individuals with learning disabilities), information has been reduced, where possible, and relevant information has been grouped and displayed in different pages
- Font is appropriate, easy to read and meets contrast guidelines ensuring increased contrast between background and text for readability purposes
- Tables and pop-ups are avoided where possible
- Flickering screens/images are avoided
- Flash is avoided for all navigation and information based content. The Flash player is only required to listen to any audio content (MP3 files)
- Media including brochures – Braille and large print format available.
- Valid HTML. Our website content has been written using valid HTML5.
- Accessibility. The College site complies with WCAG 2.0 AA standards.
The pages have been tested using various browsers to ensure that the information contained within the site is accessible to a range of different browsers.
This is a representative sample of guidelines that we aim to adhere to. Please contact us
if you have any accessibility concerns.