Resources for Disabled Students

Accessibility

Resources for Disabled Students has included the following accessibility features on our site:

We encourage your feedback regarding the accessibility features of this site. Please email the RDS Webmaster if you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site or if you experience any difficulty using it.

 

Accessibility features used on the RDS website

The following features improve navigation for both keyboard navigation, screen readers, and text-only browsers.

Keyboard Navigation

  • We have embedded access keys on each page to allow you to jump to the most important parts of our site.
  • Each shortcut has an access key assigned.

Access keys

  • In browsers that support them, access keys are keyboard shortcuts or commands that allow users to navigate a site without the use the mouse for navigation. In Internet Explorer on Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on a Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. Then press Enter to activate the link.

The following access keys are available throughout the Resources for Disabled Students website:

To Areas within Page
  • Jump to Top of Page - [access key 4]
  • Jump to Primary Navigation [access key 2]
  • Jump to Secondary or Sub Navigation [access key 3]
  • Jump to Main Content [access key 1]
To Pages on Site
  • Accessibility Page (the current page) - [access key 0]

Structured markup: Headings and Navigational Menus

  • The heading tag H1 is used for main titles, H2 for subtitles, and so on. Similarly, our navigational menus were created using HTML lists.

Fonts and Images

  • Feel free to alter the font size of this document by either clicking the resize links at left or via your browser:
  • In Internet Explorer, select View, then Text Size, and then your preferred size.
  • In Netscape select View, then Text Zoom, and then your preferred percentage size.
  • All content images used in this site include descriptive alt attributes.

Colors

  • RDS has checked font and background color combinations against various forms of color blindness to verify that the structure and information are still visible.

Stylesheets

  • This site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual presentation. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets, our markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and logically structured.

Tables

  • Tables are not used at all for our layout.

Scripts

  • The RDS site is accessible even if scripting is not supported or blocked by browers

Links

  • Link text makes sense out of context.
  • Additionally, where appropriate, links employ title tags to explain the link in greater detail.

 

Accessibility features in your browser

Internet Explorer

Choose Help: Contents and Index: Accessibility

Netscape Navigator/Mozilla

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/ui/accessibility

In Netscape, you can specify your own fonts and colours by selecting Edit, then Preferences and then Appearance.

 

Standards compliance

Accessibility

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