Web Accessibility Software
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) which works collaboratively across the global software community to develop and publish guidelines on web accessibility. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) provide an overview of what components go into making websites accessible. In October 2012 WCAG 2.0 became an International Standard: ISO/IEC 40500:2012 .
Law in the UK
Website accessibility is covered in the Equality Act 2010. One of the important provisions in the Act is the right for disabled people to have access to everyday goods and services. The definition of disability is very broad and includes people with physical and mental conditions and impairments; 11 million people in the UK are estimated to be protected under the Act.
Service providers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments to premises or to the way they provide a service. Under the Act it is unlawful for service providers to treat disabled people less favourably because they are disabled. A website is classified as a service and as such, to comply with the law, you must make reasonable adjustments (i.e. ensure your website is accessible) not to treat a disabled people unfavourably because of something connected with their disability.
We are using on this website a Cloud based web-accessibility solution called Recite, which allows our visitors to customise our site the way they need it to work for them. This award-winning software is easy to use and works across all devices, so our web visitors will be able to access your content at home, in the office or on the go. It includes text to speech functionality, dyslexia software, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with up to 90 languages and many other features.
Click the Accessibility Tool link in the top menu of the website to bring up the Recite Toolbar.
|Back: Rewind to the previous paragraph of text|
Play: Click the Play button to read the text aloud
Forward: Skip forward to the next paragraph of text
Decrease: This will decrease the text size
Font: You can change the font that displays on the page
Increase: This will increase the text size
Colour: Change the background, text and link colours
Ruler: Click to enable the reading ruler
|Margins: Change the text dimensions by narrowing the width of the text column|
Dictionary: Highlight and click on this to find the definition of the word
Text Mode: Remove images and view in plain text mode
MP3: Highlight the text then click to download text as an MP3
Magnifier: Click and drag the magnifying glass to magnify text on the screen
Language: Translate text into a different language
Settings: Adjust your Recite settings
Authentication: Login/Logout and close the Recite Toolbar