Accessibility

Introduction

Making our site accessible is important to us. The IDEA website has been designed with accessibility in mind. As far as is possible, we try to ensure that it operates across multiple platforms and browsers and is accessible to everyone who wants to use it.

Standards compliance

All pages on the site, unless otherwise stated, are 'Section 508' and 'Bobby A' approved, complying with all priority guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Links

Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page.

Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address. There are no links that open new windows without warning.

Images

This website utilises two distinct image types;

  • Content images used include descriptive ALT attributes.
  • Decorative images include short ALT attributes.

Accessibility services

Bobby (incorporating Section 508), a free service to analyse web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.