W3C Accessibility Standard

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PatReynolds
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W3C Accessibility Standard

Postby PatReynolds » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:07 pm

Hello, Can you tell me what - if any - W3C Accessibility Standard eHive meets? If it doesn't meet at least Single A, are there any plans to do this?

Can't you tell I'm filling in a grant form!

With thanks,

Pat

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paul
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Re: W3C Accessibility Standard

Postby paul » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:02 am

Yes, we follow all W3C web content accessibility guidelines.

Examples:
- images include clear alternative text captions. For objects the text is an automatically generated line of summary text about the item based on the key descriptive fields (title, maker, object number).
- standard HTML is used to take advantage of standard web browser shortcut keystrokes
- pages can be resized used browser standard shortcut keys (Ctrl + to enlarge, Ctrl - to reduce)
- the reCaptcha image puzzles used to reduce spam in the comments feature can be switched to an audio test for visually impaired visitors

We will be redesigning the main eHive website to provide a responsive design catering for desktop, tablet and mobile access. This is one of the main projects for 2015. We will continue to review our compliance with accessibility guidelines as part of this work.

PatReynolds
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Re: W3C Accessibility Standard

Postby PatReynolds » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:17 am

Thanks, Paul - so AAA standard?

With best wishes,

Pat

paul
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Re: W3C Accessibility Standard

Postby paul » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:45 am

Hi Pat,
At present we would only conform to the A standard. The current site is built using HTML4. There are some parts of the site where we use images as part of the design where in HTML5 these could be avoided by more modern markup.

In the redesign to better support mobile devices we will be converting to HTML5 and supporting the AA standard. Some of the AAA points are more complex. e.g. Provide different types of searches for different skill levels and preferences. In some cases these points would require more major functional enhancements, so won't be part of this year's work.

Thanks,
Paul


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