The Sustainable Online Community Engagement Website has been designed to meet World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 by incorporating the following accessibility features in the design of this site:
The website validates to W3C strict XHTML and CSS standards and headings are structured according to strict hierarchy.
This document was compiled by Dr. Denise Wood.
Metadata are provided to add semantic information to pages and sites.
Current W3C technologies have been employed and deprecated elements and attributes are avoided.
The site functions on a wide range of browsers tested on both MAC and Windows platforms.
Meaningful text equivalents have been provided for every non-text element.
All information conveyed with colour is available without colour. Colour is not referred to alone.
Style sheets are employed to control layout and presentation and pages function when these style sheets are disabled.
The natural language of the website is identified via the lang attribute associated with the html element.
Correct mark-up is employed with relative rather than fixed sizing used for layout and font sizing. Pages are fluid and resize to any screen resolution.
Layout tables are not used - layout is achieved via CSS coding.
Pages do not periodically auto-refresh or auto-direct, and the use of pop up windows has been avoided.
Frames are not used.
No pages incorporate content that causes screen flicker, content does not 'blink' and all other possible movement in pages has been avoided.
All pages of this site are still accessible if scripts, applets or other programmatic objects are disabled, or not supported. All event handlers are input device-independent and all features can be accessed via mouse, keyboard and alternative inputting devices.
Information about the general layout of the site is provided via the site map.
Navigation links are logically grouped and are used in a consistent manner. The target of each link is clearly identified, and non-link printable characters are placed between adjacent links.
Provision is made for user to skip over groups of links via the skip links option.
Shortcut keys are provided using the accesskey option. The accesskeys used throughout this site are documented below:
The access keys are:
- 1 - jump to navigation
- 2 - jump to content
- 3 - site map
- 4 - accessibility
The different key combinations required for accesskeys depending on the browser and platforms are as follows:
Internet Explorer 4 (PC) - Alt + Access Key
Internet Explorer 5 (MAC) - Ctrl + Access Key
Internet Explorer 4.5 (Mac) - Access keys not supported
Konqueror (Linux) - Alt + Ctrl + Access Key
Netscape 6 and earlier (PC and Mac) - Access keys not supported
Netscape 7 (PC) - Alt + Access Key
Firefox, Mozilla (Linux) - Alt + Access Key
Firefox, Mozilla (PC) - Shift + Alt + Access Key
Firefox, Mozilla (Mac) - Ctrl + Access Key
Safari and Omniweb (Mac) - Ctrl + Access Key
Opera - Shift + Escape then release both keys, then press the Access Key