- All pages on this site should follow Priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
- All pages on this site should validate as HTML 5.
- All pages on this site should use structured semantic markup.
Web pages on this site should include 4 different areas:
- A header bar
- A navigation menu
- A main content area,
- A footer.
Some pages may also include a secondary navigation menu.
When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 areas should be read in the above order.
Pre-defined access (shortcut) keys often clash with keys set aside for use with other software – including software that allows users with particular needs to browse the Web.
This site does not define access keys so that any potential clashes with other software are avoided.
- Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site should have suitable text alternatives.
- Content should be usable/accessible with images ‘off’ (disabled).
- Links should be written to make sense out of context.
- The first link in every web page should be a “Skip Site Menu”. This can be used to jump directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content).
- URLs should be permanent whenever possible.
- All form controls should be associated with appropriate and explicit labels.
- Email addresses should be provided on the site as an alternative form of access for online forms.
- Form validation routines should not rely on client-side scripting.
Pop up Windows
- No new windows should not be spawned without warning the user first as part of the link text
- This site should use cascading style sheets for visual layout.
- This site should use only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers.
- If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page should still be readable.
- Any information conveyed through the use of color should also be available without color (i.e. text based).