Wadham College WCAG 2.1 AA Accessibility
Wadham College is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives members of the public and members of the University community full access to information, courses and activities offered publicly through the web.
Our Equality Policy states “Wadham College is committed to fulfilling the public sector equality duty… No applicant, student, or member of staff will be discriminated against on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or parenthood, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, or be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be permitted by law.”
Using the Site
The site’s text size can be adjusted according to your preferences via options in your browser's 'View' or 'Page' menu.
This can also be done via your keyboard:
- PC users: Select 'Ctrl' and '+' or '–'
- Mac Users: Select 'Cmd' and '+' or '–'
The following online resources are available to help you change your browser settings:
- Advice from the BBC
- Advice for Microsoft users
- Advice for Apple users
- Advice for Linux users
- Advice for Android users
AbilityNet has advice on making your devices easier to use if you have a disability.
Some of the resources on the website are available to view or download in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files, which can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.
We have provided the features set out below to improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers.
Structured, semantic markup: headings and navigation menus
HTML heading tags are used to convey the document layout. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on. Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.
Where an image conveys important information, alternative text will be provided. If the image is used for a decorative purpose the alternative text will be left blank.
Style sheets, fonts, colours
This site uses software called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all of the presentation and layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets, the use of structured semantic markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.
Font sizes and colours can be changed by using your own custom style sheets or browser settings. The BBC has an excellent guide on how to do this for various browsers and systems.
The content on this site has been written and formatted to make it accessible and the site is fully accessible if scripting is unavailable.
The pages on this site conform at a minimum to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This site also meets the majority of Level AA and AAA requirements. Most of the pages validate as HTML 5 and use structured semantic markup and our CSS also validates the pages.
Wadham website – future accessibility plans
In order to ensure that all of our visitors can use our website, Wadham College web pages aim to meet Level-AA standard of WCAG 2.1. However, we are aware that not all our pages are fully compliant, for example, some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software and older video content is not captioned. To fully conform to Government accessibility standards Wadham College has committed to the creation of a new website, with tendering commencing in autumn 2020.