We have made use of the following features and techniques to ensure that our website is accessible.
East Durham College is committed to providing an enhanced level of accessibility to our website users wherever it is possible. We have taken guidance from leading authorities in accessibility including the RNIB and W3C.org. This is a constant area of evolution for our site and we welcome any website feedback on how you think we may be able to improve accessibility levels as we work towards our goal of being 100% accessible.
What is Accessibility?
Accessibility refers to our attempt to ensure that the content on this website is available to everyone, regardless of disability and technology used to access it. We regard accessibility as a right for everyone and we try to ensure that our website works consistently to ensure an accessible experience for disabled users.
1. You can view the East Durham College website on a wide range of browsers.
2. You can also use the TAB key to navigate around the site.
3. We use relative rather than absolute units in mark-up language attribute values and style sheet property values.
4. We use style sheets to control presentation.
5. We identify the primary natural language of a document.
6. We organise documents so they may be read without style sheets. For example, when an HTML document is rendered without associated style sheets, it is possible to read the document.
7. We provide metadata to add semantic information to pages and sites.
8. We use navigation mechanisms in a consistent manner.
9. We try to use the clearest and simplest language appropriate for sites content.
10. We use a style of presentation that is consistent across pages.
11. Page body text is set at the equivalent to 12 point, uses solid black on white and a San Serif font. The site also has functionality to increase and decrease body text font size.
Make your computer talk aloud
You can make your computer talk in a number of ways, which can be a valuable facility for people who have difficulties with reading, for someone who can't see very well or at all, and for those who need to give their eyes a rest. These guides explain how to use the built-in speech function in your operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux). There are also third-party screen-readers and text-to-speech software applications available.
Examples of full screenreaders include Jaws and Window-Eyes. There are also freeware screenreaders such as NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), Thunder and NaturalReader. Some commercial packages, such as SuperNova, LunarPlus and ZoomText, offer magnification and speech. Full screenreader packages can be quite expensive but offer a lot of features, such as reliable speech output, which is essential for effective access for a blind user. The only built-in screenreader that is included as part of a computer operating system at present is VoiceOver, which is included with Mac OS 10.4 or later.
If you experience any problems with accessing information on this website, please contact us on LiveChat or call Student Services on 0191 518 8222, who will endeavour to supply you with the information you are seeking.