The Crafts Council is committed to complying not only with the principles of the 'Disability Discrimination Act' (1995) but also with its own policy of making web-based information, services and resources on the Crafts Council and Craft Club website accessible to all its intended audiences, regardless of disability and in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.
Accessibility does not only mean that users with disabilities are able to access the information on a site, but covers all users, whether they have physical or learning disabilities, as well as fully able users: all information should be easy to find, readable, and easy to understand.
Content and Design
The content for this site has been designed to provide consistent and simple navigation, ease of reading and understanding and takes into account users with dyslexia and impaired or colour-deficient vision. Guidelines on tonality and language based on the Crafts Council brand guidelines have been implemented to ensure consistency across the site. Readability is given using light backgrounds with dark body copy.
Text has been written using the Crafts Council Copy Style Guide to ensure that content is simple and as brief as possible using sensible line lengths and sensible paragraph lengths.
Colour has been used to assist navigation and help the user find information but not as a pure navigation device. A textual equivalent and clear titles are always available.
Forms are marked up to simplify navigation, using field sets to break up sections. Each input field is labelled to allow the user to see the correct title for a field. Use of dropdowns is kept to a minimum.
Use of images and alternative text
An integral part of the content design of this site is the extensive use of high-quality images. For users with text-only browsers, images will always contain descriptive text known as alt-tags which will appear when the cursor is placed over the image. Images can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers. If an image is used for simply decorative purposes, the text attribute for the image is left empty in line with accepted best practice.
Audio and Video
Video and audio content is accessible through Youtube.com. Currently, screen readers and self-talking browsers are not able to deal with video and animation on the web, but as technology develops Crafts Council will ensure that the site will aim to inform on accessibility browsers as they become available.
Finding the information you want
All the information on this site should be easy to find, easy to read and understand and you can search for information using keywords in the site search facility. If you have difficulties finding the information you are looking for on this site please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessing downloadable documents
Documents and forms are available to download from this site in Portable Document Format (.pdf) and Word (.doc) formats. All documents available to download from this website will have the file size of the document and the format in brackets after the document's title. If you have difficulty accessing a downloadable document please contact email@example.com.
To view a Portable Document Format document, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader program which is available free of charge from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/uk/downloads. Wherever possible we have provided alternative formats for documents.
To view a Word document you should have either a version of Word or one of the free Word readers available from Microsoft. Microsoft's Word reader software is available from www.microsoft.com.
The website has been designed and built to comply with levels 1 and 2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 conforming to the 'AA' standard. This has been achieved through the technology used within the build of the site, and the use of good practice with regards to content and layout. Additional information is attached to each asset on the page, such as comprehensive alt tags on images, alternative versions of non-live text-based content, ie. flash content and creating PDF content using accepted standards to provide access for those with non-visual browsers.
The pages have been built with standards compliant HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Sheet Style), and will degrade to support older and limited functionality browsers. Page layouts will enable support for text to speech browser, with tab indexing and support for keyboard shortcuts.
BOBBY, a tool that is used to test code for accessibility compliance, has been used for testing and all code is required to pass before being built into the site.
How to Increase font sizes and change colours on your screen
The design of this website specifies particular typefaces, fonts, colours, sizes, and background colours which have been selected according to brand guidelines to optimise legibility. These however can be changed, if you have limited or low vision or suffer from dyslexia and have your own viewing preferences.
Follow these steps to increase text size or change colours:
In Internet Explorer, click the Page button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the General tab, and then click Colors.
Clear the Use Windows colors check box.
Do any of the following:
To change the text colour, click the box to the right of Text, click the colour you would like to use for text, and then click OK.
To change the background colour, click the box to the right of Background, click the colour you would like to use, and then click OK.
To change the colour that a link will become when you point at it, select the Use hover color check box, click the box to the right of Hover, click the colour you would like links to change to when the mouse pointer hovers over them, and then click OK.
Click OK to close the dialog box.
If you want to have your selected fonts and colours to be used for all websites, follow these steps:
In Internet Explorer, click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
On the General tab, click Accessibility.
Select the Ignore colors specified on webpages, Ignore font styles specified on webpages, and Ignore font sizes specified on webpages check boxes, and then click OK twice.
The website is tested as it develops using a combination of accessibility tools and user testing to ensure that the site continues to meet the W3C's accessibility guidelines and the Crafts Council's own standards of best practice. If you experience any problems using this site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on more specialist equipment and software for blind people, please visit the products section of the RNIB website: www.rnib.org.uk.
For more information on improving access to the arts for deaf and disabled people, please visit the SHAPE website: www.shapearts.org.uk.
The AbilityNet website has information, factsheets and step-by-step guides on approaches and technology to help with keyboard and mouse difficulties: www.abilitynet.org.uk.
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