Friday, 08 April 2005
This website aims to be accessible for all users, including people with disabilities. To ensure this, we conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines level A and most of level AA as well.
This website has the following accessibility features that you can use:
- The font size is defined in such a way that you can easily change
it in your browser. In Internet Explorer, choose your preferred font
size in the View menu. In Firefox, Mozilla and Opera, use
<CTRL>-<+> or <CTRL>-<-> to increase or
decrease the font size.
- The content has been designed to interact with screen readers.
Screen readers are mainly used by people with visual impairments or by
people with dyslexia.
To be able to use the website in a screen reader, all images have been
given alternative texts. Also, when you first enter a page using a
screen reader, you will hear a link 'Go directly to content' that lets
you bypass the navigation so you don't have to hear that every time.
Known accessibility issues
Although we try to make this website as accessible as possible, there are some known issues. Our content management system
has some in-built choices that limit accessibility.
Known issues with the accessibility of this website:
- The blog-type sections of the website use 'read more' links to link
to the rest of the articles. These link texts are too generic to be of
any use to identify which article is referenced. To work around this
problem, we also link the titles of the articles so the read more links
are redundant and can be ignored.
- The content management system uses tables for layout. The header of
a panel is marked up using a header cell, even though header cells
should only be used in data tables and not in layout tables. This can interfere with the way screen readers handle tables.
- The forms in the website do not have labels associated with the
input fields. This makes it harder to know the meaning of the fields for people using screenreaders or braille displays.
- External links are opened in a new window without prior warnings
which can be confusing for people with visual impairments or learning
- The titles of articles are not marked up as headers, which makes it
harder for people who use screen readers or braille displays to orient
themselves within the content.
- No accesskeys are defined for the main links in the website.
Accesskeys would make this site easier to use for people using keyboard
navigation but unfortunately the content management system does not
allow defining accesskeys.
Problems or suggestions?
If you experience problems with the use of this website or have a
suggestion to improve the accessibility, please contact us and we will
try to do our best to solve them.