The Accessibility Drive and Little Forest Workshops As part of the University of Edinburgh’s broader accessibility drive, the WAC team annually run workshops in coordination with our web governance software provider, Little Forest, to support web developers and managers in utilising Little Forest tools effectively to identify areas of governance and accessibility to improve upon. […]
Make things open: it makes things better. We really like this design principle from gov.uk. We use it a lot, especially when it comes to iterating upon our beta Design System.
It’s essential to build accessibility into your projects from the very beginning. For our Web Publishing Platform this doesn’t just mean that the website and its content needs to be accessible but the editorial interface of the content management system itself also needs to be accessible to as many people as possible.
As I leave the Website and Communications team after a decade’s work, here’s my final plea to you all to keep real human beings at the centre of digital publishing.
Introduction and Updates As we’ve reached the September accessibility deadline, I’d like to look back on the progress that’s been made in making the University’s web estate a more accessible, inclusive space and service for all of our users. With almost 1500 sites hosted by and affiliated with the University of Edinburgh, it would […]
What is Heading Structure and why is it important for web accessibility? Designing websites with sound heading structure in mind is critical to making your websites are truly accessible, as websites with good heading structure make it easier for screen readers to successfully and quickly navigate pages to find relevant information. As much […]
What is PDF accessibility and why is it important? PDFs were designed so that everyone could view the same document regardless of what OS they were running. However, PDFs are too often incompatible with screen reading software and difficult to navigate. An accessible PDF is structured in such a way that it is […]
What is Reflow? Reflow is the process of fitting content to the width of a page so that site material remains within the boundaries of the page window when users zoom in to enlarge content. The layout and distance between objects on a page might change with enlargement, but all content on the page […]
What is Colour Contrast? Effective colour contrast means that there is sufficient contrast between text and background for all users, especially those with low contrast sensitivity. What is classified as sufficient Colour Contrast? The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) states that normal text and images of text must meet a contrast ratio of at […]
As more of our services than ever move online, our web estate has become the face of the University. Inclusivity of all our users has never been more important. A Practical and Ethical Approach With September’s legislation deadline rightly also attracting attention, we want to help our devolved web community improve the accessibility of their […]