Quick facts on worldwide disability
- 13% (962 million people) worldwide, 1 in 8 people are aged 60+ years old.
- 10% (528 million people) worldwide, 1 in 10 people show some signs of dyslexia.
- 3% (253 million people) worldwide, 1 in 33 people have a vision impairment.
- 25% of people, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. and European Union have arthritis.
- 15% of people aged 15+ worldwide, are illiterate.
- 25% (12 million adults) in the UK, 1 in 4 people cannot complete basic online tasks.
For more information read this paper Information On Different Types Of People For Graphic Communication, Website And Information Designers by User Design, Illustration and Typesetting (our website designers).
Overall graphic communication design
We have aimed to make the overall graphic communication design of this website accessible and usable which builds on best practice guidelines and research. We have also structured the various sections of this website and navigation bar into clear parts.
We have aimed to make the written content as easy to understand as possible, jargon free, and have also explained any abbreviations and acronyms.
We have used the latest HTML coding, utilizing ‘navigation’, ‘main’, ‘footer’, ‘figure’, ‘section’ and ‘heading’ tags which also conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for valid HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). However, some accessibility recommendations by the A11Y Project cause warnings and we decided to go with better accessibility than better validation of code. All webpages pass at level AA (the 2nd highest level available) against the guidelines from the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, which was checked using the WAVE Web Accessibility Tool. There are minor issues to do with lacking color contrast which stopped this website from achieving level AAA (the highest available). This website has also been tested using the ChromeVox screen-reader software and the VoiceOver accessibility option on a Mac. The Equality Act 2010 and The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 require websites to be accessible to W3C’s level AA guidelines.
Other accessibility features of this website include:
- Logical and consistent coding and sectioning for webpage code and design.
- Logical and consistent navigation for keyboard users.
- A skip-nav (skip navigation bar) link for screen-reader and keyboard users.
- We also conformed to the A11Y Project checklist.
- Relevant and descriptive ‘alt’ tags for images.
Due to certain constraints, PDFs have not been fully optimized for accessibility.
Desktop browser compatibility
This website has been cross-platform and cross-browser tested on Windows and Mac operating systems and currently works fine in the following website browsers:
- Firefox, version 65.
- Chrome, version 72.
- Safari, version 12.
Please note: you may experience issues with older versions of these website browsers. Best advice is to use the most up-to-date internet browser.
Mobile browser compatibility
This website has been tested on an iPhone 8 and currently works fine using the below setups:
- iPhone 8, iOS version 12, Safari.
How to zoom-in to text and graphics on this website
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