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Web Accessibility Statement

 

Web Accessibility Statement 

TBR Mobilization and Emerging Technology Office is committed to creating an accessible online environment for all visitors to its web site. If you have any questions or comments regarding the accessibility of our web site, and areas for improvement please contact: Robbie.Melton@tbr.edu

Accessibility Goals

1.    All pages on this site follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.

2.    All pages on this site follow priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

3.    All pages on this site validate as HTML 4.01 Strict.

4.    All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 tags for subtitles.

5.    Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.

6.    Content should be usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled).

7.    The main navigation bar on this site uses an Image Replacement technique that makes the links accessible to non-visual browsers.

8.    Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.

9.    Links are written to make sense out of context.

10. URLs are permanent whenever possible.

Accessibility Features

Our web site makes use of industry-standard techniques and best practices to provide the highest possible level of web site accessibility for our users. These include:
 

1. Any and all information conveyed with colour is still readable if a user is unable to distinguish colour.

2. Any image used on our web site will contain a textual description that will be read out loud within your screen reader.

3. Link text or phrases have been rewritten to make senses when read out loud by a screen reader.

4. All font-sizes found on our web site use relative units of measurement. This makes scaling the font-size of our web site easier and more consistent.

5. In cases where tables have been used to present data, we've added controls for screen readers to access so they can properly communicate the information contained within back to the user.

6. Cascading Style Sheets (or CSS) have been used to control the look and feel of our web site. If your browser is unable to use style sheets, the information within our site will still be accessible to the user.

7. We've created relationships with all online form controls with their labels to help out users with limited dexterity and/or visual disabilities.

8. All web pages use headings to create a proper document structure, which can be used by some screen readers.

Barriers

Some of our content is in PDF format only. We are working towards reducing our dependence on PDFs for use on our web site, and training staff to provide content in more accessible formats. Due to conditions beyond our control, there are some instances where we are unable to provide information in an accessible format (for example, our mapping information, some RSS feeds, etc). We will be monitoring these sections, and develop an accessible solution as technology improves.

Accessibility references

·      W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.

·      W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.

·      W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.

·      U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.
 

Accessibility software

·      JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.

·      Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.

·      Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.

·      Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.

·      Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility services

·      Bobby, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.

·      HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.

·      Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.

·      Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
 

How to Modify this Site to fit your Needs

These links explain the many ways you can make the web more accessible to you.

·      Windows users

·      Mac users

·      Linux users
 

How to Modify this Website According to Disabilities: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/

Please contact Robbie.Melton@tbr.edu if you encounter content that you are unable to access and/or any accessibility issues.