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Oxfordshire Sports Partnership is committed to making this website available to as many people as possible, meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and makes every effort to ensure its communications are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments. We achieve this by complying with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
We have strived to make this website adhere to priority 1 and 2 guidelines and in some cases priority 3 as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, uses structured semantic markup and the CSS has also been validated.
WAI provides a detailed list of priorities to achieve accessibility. Many of these priorities are quite technical in nature, but the following points provide examples of the kind of measures we have taken to ensure ease of access.
- Labelling images so that blind people can understand a web page (you can see this when you hover your pointer over a picture and a small piece of text appears - if it makes sense to you then it would to a blind person because their text-to-speech software would read it to them)
- Colour choice - there are various colours that partially blind and colour blind people cannot see
- We use simple English
- If tables are used then the rows and columns are labelled appropriately
- The use of applets and scripts need an alternative. Imagine the use of a drop down menu that cascades to one side - for a visually impaired person this is impossible to ‘see’ using a text to voice reader
- Use of style sheets to control layout and presentation - so that users get ‘used’ to the way a page is laid out
- Use relative rather than absolute units in markup language attribute values and style sheet property values. This means that when a page is viewed in different screen resolutions it still makes sense and that users who wish to increase the font size in a web page can do so
We strive to obey the spirit of the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission. Changes to improve accessibility are ongoing, but if you come across a page you find difficult to use please let us know.