We know that our students use Dragon or Jaws speech readers, and ZoomText to increase the text size. They can do so in the accessible study rooms provided, supported by Library staff, or on their personal computers. Some people may navigate a website with the keyboard only, or even use a combination of techniques to get around the web. We have a community of people who need to use specialist software to access the web (assistive technology) and others who make minor adjustments so they can use the web more easily.
I create web pages, what do I need to do?
If you are an occasional web editor, who tends to edit text-based web pages, you should follow the advice below.
This checklist gives advice on the main accessibility issues you should address and gives details of some free checking tools and techniques you can use. There are checks that need you to review the content you've created by eye, for example, to avoid complexity, text in images or to make sure the layout is uncluttered but luckily this does not require deep technical knowledge.
Please feel free to seek help if you are not sure what you have to do.
More help will be provided
SiteBuilder, our content publishing system, takes care of some things you, for example:
- content reflows, when magnified and on tablets and mobile devices
- we ask you to provide alternative text for images
We hope to make further changes to content editing in the future, to help check for accessibility when you are creating and editing web pages.
Web editing is a major part of my job
If the majority of your job is related to web work you should have a good understanding of the principles of accessibility and the web standard that is WCAG 2.1. We suggest you follow the steps below.
Familiarise yourself with either the editor or technical checklists and apply the principles when creating new pages.
For existing pages do an audit of your pages or website to work out what you need to make accessible first to comply with legislation. We suggest looking at high traffic pages first. Any issues that can't be fixed immediately should be recorded and added to our Accessibility Statement.
Contact us for additions to the Accessibility Statement or for accessibility advice.
Apply our guidance here for creating and checking pages. When running accessibility tests you will need to combine automated tool testing with manual checks as described. Manual checks include testing samples of pages with assistive technology e.g. speech readers.
For web sites that you commission you should ensure the supplier is creating the site to the WCAG 2.1 AA standard.
There are lots of training materials available on accessibility. This video on accessibility examines different personas, gives good coverage of what to do, you will need to get a subscription though.
Public pages must meet the AA WCAG 2.1 standard. Get familiar with what you need to do. Start updating your pages following the guidance here. Note that PDFs and Word documents are also included.