Here at the Send Partnership Service, we aim to make our website accessible to the widest audience possible and to comply with UK government accessibility guidelines.
We have endeavoured to meet the advice laid out in Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. However there may be areas of the website where it has not been possible to meet the standards set out by the guidelines.
Our website has been designed and built with a focus on accessibility, including testing colour contrasts and ensuring pages can be navigated without a mouse.
This is an overview of the steps we have taken to make content on our website as accessible as possible:
XHTML and CSS
This website has been built using web standard XHTML and CSS. If CSS is turned off then the website remains functional and all content can still be accessed.
The accessibility of our website has been evaluated using the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE) powered by WebAim:
http://wave.webaim.org this is a technical evaluation of the website against guidelines rather than an assessment of usability.
Images and ALT tags
We add ALT tags to images where an image conveys essential information, and endeavour to convey that same information using the ALT tag. We do not add ALT attributes to decorative images as we feel this information is excessive rather than useful and can hinder the operation of screen readers attempting to provide important content to website users.
Features that enhance website accessibility
We provide content in a variety of different formats in order to make it as accessible as possible, including:
- High colour contrast between background colours and text to help users who may have visual impairments.
- A text-only version of website content that removes all images, colour and styling and can be easily read by screen readers.
- Clear links to change the size of text used throughout the website.
- Automatic translation of website content into other languages.
Room for improvement
We recognise there in room for improvement, particularly in the following areas:
- Content and functionality from third parties.
We monitor other websites to assess best practice for website accessibility on an ongoing basis and we work with external vendors to ensure the solutions they provide us with are as accessible as possible.
If you would like to provide feedback about the accessibility of the website then please contact us using our online form.
Developments to the website in line with user feedback about accessibility will be evaluated in line with what is likely to make the largest impact to our users and the cost of achieving these objectives.