GFI will endeavour to keep up to date with accessible website technology and to improve website capability on an ongoing basis.
Access options page
The website will have access options to enable the user to easily change the site to meet their needs by:
- changing the text size
- changing the website's colour scheme
- using access keys to navigate the site
- using a choice of text-to-speech systems
Images on the website will have alternative text attributes (alt text), so that when an image is used on a web page to convey information its content is also described in the alt text.
This means that the image 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 will be left empty in line with accepted best practice.
Readable and re-sizable fonts and layout
The website will use font sizes that the user can control using their web browser.
Users will be able to change the text size by 'Increase' or 'Decrease' to obtain a font size that meets their needs, with a default setting of 'Normal'.
The website's fonts will be chosen for their legibility on computer screens.
All information on the screen will be re-sizable.
Minimising the use of images
Live text will be used rather than graphics wherever possible to reduce page download time and to increase the users control over text size.
Making content more accessible
As it develops, the website will use video and audio clips, including British Sign Language on the Home Page, and have a section of easy-to-read pages for key pages, and pages of particular interest.
The website aims to meet the Priority A, AA, and selected AAA guidelines of the W3C Web content Accessibility Guidelines. The website will be tested on a regular basis using a combination of automated tools to identify potential problem areas and manual testing to ensure it meets the spirit as well as the letter of the W3C's accessibility guidelines.
There will be an email facility that allows users to feedback on any difficulties they may have in accessing the website, or any trouble they experience using any aspect of the website.
Accessibility advice for Apple Mac users
The Apple Mac operating system includes many accessibility options including resizing text, text-to-speech and keyboard alternatives to mouse functions.
For full details visit the Apple website's section on accessibility.
The site will be user-tested by people with a range of different levels of ability to ensure that it is accessible and easy-to-use.
Print page options
There will be a print page facility provided at the bottom of every page of the website. The size of the print text will reflect the text option the user has selected within the website. For example, if they have large print selected on the website, the print page facility will print in large print.
Skip navigation options
There will be a facility to skip navigation using the K key to enable non visual browsers to skip navigation, working on three levels - level one to skip global navigation, level two to skip to content, level three to skip section navigation.
PDF and Word documents
Downloadable documents will be available in both PDF and in large print Word versions without images.
If you are having technical difficulties while using our website, the site does not appear to working properly or you find broken links, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the problem.