The internet can be a great enabler and source of freedom for disabled users. As such, the value of the WCVA website to our disabled and aging audiences depends on its accessibility.
This is an area of importance for WCVA and in keeping with our obligations under the Equality Act, we are committed to ensuring that WCVA services are as accessible to disabled and elderly people as reasonably possible.
We aim for a consistently high level of usability for our entire
audience across the WCVA website, following best-practice
accessibility guidelines. We engage with disabled, non-disabled and
elderly people throughout website development to fully understand
user requirements and ensure we produce sites that meet these.
Where possible we aim for our site to meet Priority 1 (level A)
and Priority 2 (level AA) of the W3C Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines v2.0 (WCAG2.0). When the new site was developed we
engaged the services of the Digital Accessibility Testing centre who
produced a report on the items that were failing and our supplier
then addressed these issues. However there are a few
exceptions that we have identified:
Ensure that audio and video has a text alternative
This is a 3rd party plug-in being pulled in from an external
source (YouTube) - not all the links are our material therefore we
have limited ability to correct this.
We will endeavour to produce multimedia content that meets these
requirements, but time and budget constraints mean that it is
unfortunately not always practical.
Block linking causing links to be read out twice
This is current standards best practice. Older screen readers do
read links twice but it's something that will solve itself as
support increases with screen readers and as users update to more
modern versions of assistive technologies.
Logo colour contrast
This is a historical logo and was not redesigned as part of the
Iframe must not appear as a descendant of the <a>
This is current standards best practice. As we have used modern
technologies (such as HTML5) to provide the best possible browsing
experience, users of older assistive technologies that require
validated HTML will experience minor issues with this, but all core
content is also displayed within the page itself and is not
dependent on iframe readability.
Carousel has inline css positioning.
One of the technologies that we use on the site to display large
images requires inline CSS to display properly in standard web
browsers. Content displayed in these carousels is not required for
the user to understand the purpose and goals of the page.
Technology is changing at a fast pace and our testing has been
limited to the more popular browsers and as such we cannot
guarantee the full user experience for outdated or lesser known
browsers and devices.
We welcome feedback from our users, please contact us.
1 October 2013