Designing for accessibility is now an intrinsic part of web design for a variety of reasons, such as avoiding discrimination, differences between browsers and improving search engine ranking. In a University context, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and the Disability Discrimination Act make it a legal requirement for websites to be usable irrespective of disability.
In line with these latest requirements and guidelines, the central section of the Queen’s University Website has been designed to meet Level AA (2) of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C-AA) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. All new University sites are also designed to conform to W3C-AA standards.
When developing your content you should try, where possible, to make your website accessible to people with disabilities. Explore the following links to learn more about accessibility issues.
Quick Tips (source: Web Accessibility Initiative)
Assistive Technologies used for Web Browsing
Individuals with a disability often use assistive technologies to enable and assist web browsing, such as:
Any user who experiences difficulty accessing University website resources and who may require access to Assistive Technology such as screen readers, voice recognition software, alternative mice/keyboards, etc. should contact Disability Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will liaise with colleagues to make appropriate provision.
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