Accessibility

Web Accessibility

Wirral Council is committed to providing engaging, interesting and informative sites for Wirral's citizens, businesses and visitors including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.

Resizable text

The site uses Cascading Style Sheets to style the text and this text has been configured to be resizable using the browser's resize settings. The text has been left justified which maintains a consistent gap between words. This helps both users with mild visual impairments as well those who are using screen readers and/or magnification software, as both pieces of software struggle to interpret the inconsistent gaps. Learn how to resize text and other handy functions on the BBC's My Web My Way site.

Alt Tags

All pictures and images within the site will be tagged with alternative text in a contextual format to describe the content of a picture. This is useful for text-based browsers and/or for users with visual impairments as it enables the picture to be described in words.

Contrast

We are working towards a site style that incorporates a strong contrast between background and foreground colours (specifically for text) for readability and clarity purposes.

Tabbed Fields

Ensuring that fields in online forms can be navigated with pressing 'Tab' in a keyboard. This is particularly meaningful to users that cannot use a pointer device such as the mouse, whether this is for mobility reasons or for visual impairments.

No flickering animation

We have avoided the use of flickering, strobing or flashing animation which could be harmful to users who are susceptible to photo epileptic seizures.

Coding to Standards

This site has been built using code and techniques that are compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and Cascading style sheets. Whilst we strive to ensure that all pages remain compliant, this is a large site, with large amounts of data being uploaded on a daily basis. We must acknowledge that some pages will occasionally fail the compliancy tests, and such pages will be investigated, recoded and rechecked. If you find any pages that you believe may contain errors please tell us using the feedback button on the relevant page.

Future Developments

With accessibility and service improvement in mind, the site is in a constant state of development to encourage all our customers to interact with us via the Web.

What is Web Accessibility?

In recent years, the term for disabled access or accessibility is being increasingly used to describe how someone with a disability interacts with a website.

The needs that Web accessibility aims to address include:

  • Visual: Visual impairments including blindness, various common types of low vision and poor eyesight, various types of colour blindness;
  • Motor/Mobility: e.g. difficulty or inability to use the hands, including tremors, muscle slowness, loss of fine muscle control, etc., due to conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, stroke;
  • Hearing: Deafness or hearing impairments, including individuals who are hard of hearing;
  • Seizures: Photoepileptic seizures caused by visual strobe or flashing effects.
  • Cognitive/Intellectual: Developmental disabilities, learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.), and cognitive disabilities of various origins, affecting memory, attention, developmental "maturity," problem-solving and logic skills;

When sites are correctly built and maintained using recognised standards, all of these users needs can be accommodated with little or no impact on the usability of the site for non-disabled users.
Source: Wikipedia Web Accessibility

Microsoft Assistive Technology Guidance

Accessibility Links

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