About Accessibility on this Site
To be accessible, inclusive and reliable, ACTS strive to reach as many Internet users as possible with accurate and current information. To do this, we ensure the ACTS website is optimized to be accessible by following todays Best Practices and Standards, as set out by the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. It is compatible with popular screen reading software and was designed for those who, for a variety of reasons, may not be able to use a mouse. This website can be navigated using the computer keyboard or using other assistive devices.
Customize the Site for You
There are various things you can do to change the look of this site to make it easier for you to read and to make navigation easier. The next sections give you instructions on how to do this, as well as information about website accessibility in general.
The ACTS website has an “Accessibility Helper” in the top region of the Home Page that provides options to increase and decrease the font size, as well as make the text more readable with a “bolding” feature.
Adjust Text Size by Browser
Select your browser below and follow the instructions
Tip: If you have a “Wheel Mouse” and are using Internet Explorer or Firefox, try holding down the “Control(ctrl)” key and scroll the wheel back and forth to adjust text size.
- From the View menu, select Text Size.
- From the drop-down menu, select the desired size (from Largest to Smallest).
From the View menu, select Text Size, then click Increase or Decrease. Repeat until fonts are the desired size.
Most internet browsers today support the ability to change text size preferences from within the browser. This feature allows users to change the size of text they see online to suit their preference, regardless of what text display options are built-in to a website. For example, if you’re using Internet Explorer, look under “View” on the menu bar and choose “Text Size.”.
Many of today’s internet browsers also have built-in controls for increased magnification of text and website content, often referred to as “zoom.” This allows users to increase or decrease the magnification of entire pages or just the text on those pages.
Use the Google translation tool at Language Tools(opens in new window/tab) to translate these pages. Follow the link provided and choose your options, in this case we suggest you select “Translate a webpage”. Just type in the address of the page you want translated, select the language and hit enter.
Note: We make no claim to the accuracy of Google’s translation service, but hope it is sufficient enough that you can use it on other websites that you want to view in your language.
Contrast and Color Reliance
The ACTS website was created with colour impaired visitors in mind. The site was designed and was tested to conform to minimum contrast requirements for visitors with colour-blindness or other ocular impairments that could prevent them from reading text that does not have sufficient colour contrast with background colours. WCAG 2.0 level AA requires a contrast ratio of 4.5:1 for ndefault size text and 3:1 for large text.
Skip to Main Content
This feature (only visible with screen-reader software) is located in the top region of the Home Page and allows the user to skip over the repeated content at the beginning of each page (such as the heading and navigation region) and go straight to the main page content. This is especially useful to those with screen readers because it gives the user a way to avoid listening through lengthy menus every time they enter a new page.
To try it, navigate to a new page (using the navigation region or the site map), then press the Control + Home keys. This action will bring you to the top of the page. Tab to the “Skip to content” link. Press the Enter key to activate the link.
This feature is located in the top region of the Home Page, as well as the second link in the navigation region, and allows the user to view a list of all webpages on this site, in the order they appear, by accessing hard links. This is useful to those with screen readers and other assistive devices that may make it difficult to expand link sidebars, in order to access sub-links.
Software You Might Need
Some documents on this website are available in a PDF format. Adobe Acrobat is needed to open these files. Acrobat is available to download at no charge. The download itself may be quite large for some (between 8MB to 16MB) so check to see if it is already available on your computer.
Adobe provides an excellent guide to using PDF documents.
Other Features and Advice
Images on the ACTS website have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text. This means 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 is left empty in line with accepted best practice.
The ACTS website uses images in a strong and effective method for communication. Where visitors cannot view images, due to visual or technological issues, alternative text is provided to ensure that the content of those images – where relevant – is communicated to the visitor. When images are disabled for any reason, the entire site was built to be fully navigable and usable.
The website never relies exclusively on colour or image to convey information.
Scripting Languages and Device Independence
Device Independence simply refers to the idea that the ACTS website does not require the use of any specific piece of browser software or operating system. The site can even be navigated using a wireless device (i.e. Android or iPhone).
Given current advancements in technology, the use of various technologies with a screen reader is now possible. At some point, video and audio, as well as other technologies may be featured on the ACTS website, and they can be made fully accessible. For example, video can be made accessible for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing by including captioning and transcripts.
For more detailed information on website accessibility, see the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines at: http://www.w3.org/