Approximately 10 per cent of the population lives with a disability of some kind and many people with disabilities have trouble using the Web.
Memorial's Web Content Services Team works to ensure that all users, regardless of their technical set-up or disabilities, can access the information provided on www.mun.ca.
These templates are designed to meet and exceed the basic level of accessibility set by the W3C and required by both Federal and Provincial governments for public websites (known as Priority One or Priority A or Level 1).
W3C Priority Two standards have been incorporated into the coding of these templates to ensure a greater degree of future-proofing of the site. These additional standards include key items such as using cascading style sheets to separate content from design/structure, providing an alternative print style sheet, colour and usability enhancements.
Please note that the standards established by W3C are under review by industry, government, critical end users, accessibility proponents, etc. Upcoming 2.0 standards are currently in draft form and at time of writing there is no quantitative method or tool to test sites, and the draft 2.0 standards are not yet suitably defined or finalized.
Throughout development, these templates have been checked for accessibility compliance from both an automatic and a manual checkpoint perspective to ensure that they meet known legislated and recommended standards.