Accessibility has people at the centre, providing the support required on an individual basis as everyone's requirements are different. This includes physical accessibility as well as hidden accessibility requirements for people with mental disabilities. Hence, individuals have differing requirements to be able to access the Internet and websites.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at W3C
"The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, location, or ability. When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability.
Thus the impact of disability is radically changed on the Web because the Web removes barriers to communication and interaction that many people face in the physical world. However, when web sites, applications, technologies, or tools are badly designed, they can create barriers that exclude people from using the Web." (W3C)
Creating our website simply
Cottage in the Dales endeavours to follow the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at W3C to ensure that this website can be used by individuals to be as user friendly and accessible as possible. We have endeavoured to write this website in plain English, avoiding jargon. Do let us know if we haven't achieved this. All text uses simple and consistent headings, to make it easier to navigate, especially if you need to use a screen reader. Please let us know if you have any queries or problems as we can always improve further.
Changing settings for colours, font, & text size
The varied browsers on different platforms (eg Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox) allow users to easily change colours and font sizes. Please provide feedback to let us know how changing these settings support your individual requirements.
(a) Adjust your text size via keyboard shortcuts
Increase and decrease the text size (zoom) by using the following keyboard shortcuts:
* Press Ctrl and + to increase the size
* Press Ctrl and - to decrease the size
* Press Ctrl and 0 (zero not the letter O) to go back to the default size
If you are using an Apple Mac then you will need to use the COMMAND button instead of the CONTROL / CTRL button.
(b) How to adjust the text size via your browser menu in Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox
Follow the videos on You Tube at your own pace:
Alternative Text for Images
Images need to have an 'equivalent alternative text' description known as ALT TEXT. If Alt Text isn't provided for images, the image information is inaccessible, for example, to people who cannot see and use a screen reader that reads aloud the information on a page, including the alt text for the visual image. See the example above.
When equivalent Alt Text is provided, the information is available to people who are blind, as well as to people who turn off images (for example, in areas with expensive or low bandwidth). It's also available to technologies that cannot see images, such as search engines. (W3C)
Some people cannot use a keyboard mouse, including many older users with limited fine motor control. An accessible website does not rely on the mouse but rather makes all functionality available from the keyboard. Then people with can use assistive technologies that mimic the keyboard, such as speech input. (W3C) This service is not yet available on our website.
Transcript for Audio
Just as images aren't available to people who can't see, audio files aren't available to people who can't hear. Providing a text transcript makes the audio information accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as to search engines and other technologies that can't hear. This service is not yet available on our website.