Features incorporated in the Disability News and Information Service (DNIS) website to make it accessible include:
- Skip to Main Content: Quick access to the core content on the page is provided without going through repetitive navigation using the keyboard.
- Accessibility Options: Options to change the size of the text and set a color scheme are provided as icons at the top of every web page. Following different options are provided in the form of icons:
- Decrease text size: Allows to decrease the text size up to two levels.
- Normal text size: Allows to set default text size.
- Increase text size: Allows to increase the text size up to two levels.
- Standard view: Applies white color as the background and black color to the foreground text to set the default view.
- High view: Applies black color as the background and yellow color to the foreground text to improve readability.
- Descriptive Link Text: Brief description of a link is provided using descriptive phrases instead of just using words such as ‘Read more’ and ‘Click here’ as link text. Further, if a link opens a Website in a new window, the description specifies the same.
- Identification of file type and file size: Information about alternate file types, such as PDF, Word, Excel along with the file size has been provided within the link text to help users identify the same. In addition, icons for different file types have been provided with the links. This helps users in deciding whether they wish to access the link. For example, if a link opens a PDF file, the link text specifies its file size and file type.
- Headings: The Web page content is organized using appropriate headings and subheadings that provide a readable structure. H1 indicates the main heading, whereas H2 indicates a subheading.
- Titles: An appropriate name for each Web page is specified that helps you to understand the page content easily.
- Alternate Text: Brief description of an image is provided for users with visual disability. If you are using a browser that supports only text or have turned off the image display, you can still know what the image is all about by reading the alternate text in absence of an image. In addition, some browsers display the alternate text in the form of a tooltip when the user moves the mouse pointer over the image.
- Explicit Form Label Association: A label is linked to its respective control, such as text box, check box, radio button, and drop-down list. This enables the assistive devices to identify the labels for the controls on a form.
- Consistent Navigation Mechanism: Consistent means of navigation and style of presentation throughout the Website has been incorporated.
- Keyboard Support: The website can be browsed using a keyboard by pressing the Tab and Shift + Tab keys.
- Customized Text Size: The size of the text on the Web pages can be changed either through the text sizing feature of the browser or by clicking on the text sizing icons present at the top of each page.
- Adjust contrast scheme: The website provides two schemes to enable users with visual impairments, such as low vision and senior citizens to view the web page information with ease. Contrast schemes provided on the website include Standard contrast and High contrast.
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