We are committed to making this website as accessible as possible. By this we mean making sure that our content is available to users with physical or sensory impairments and who use assistive technology like screen readers and to those users with slower internet connections. We aim to achieve and maintain the AA accessibility rating, as defined by the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the body responsible for setting global accessibility standards. Our CMS can also offer WAI-ARIA compliance for our website content publishers.
Why we want to be accessible
Like all providers of goods and services we are obliged by law to take steps not to exclude people with disabilities. In addition, as a modern, inclusive institution with a public service mission, we recognise the internet offers an opportunity to make information accessible to more people than any other medium.
How we ensure accessibility
The initial build of our website, from the content management system to additional features and software had accessibility integrated into their production. By using style sheets (CSS), our software allows users to make adjustments to the appearance of our pages to suit their needs and produces pages compatible with assistive technologies routinely used to access the web. Our editorial process ensures we maintain the site’s accessibility, by following best practice on alt tags for images, hyperlinked text and consistent and clear use of headings.
Our website is developed using HTML 5 and CSS3, which are the building blocks of modern, accessible websites. Our website is also ‘responsive’ so it will adjust its appearance depending upon your screen size or ‘user agent’ (web browser, screen reader, phone, etc).
Whilst we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.
Every effort is made to ensure that Stockton Riverside College websites are accessible across all platforms and browsers. We would strongly recommend, however, that you upgrade your browser to the latest version for optimum experience.
Upgrading your browser
Links to upgrading to the most popular web browser are found below:
Increasing and decreasing text size
For PC computers: press the Control and + keys simultaneously to increase text of the page press the Control and – keys simultaneously to decrease the text of the page press the Control and 0 keys simultaneously to return to the default text size For Macintosh computers:
press the Command and + keys simultaneously to increase text of the page press the Command and – keys simultaneously to decrease the text of the page press the Command and 0 keys simultaneously to return to the default text size Changing screen contrast
For PC computers: press ALT + Shift + Print Screen simultaneously to change to a high contrast background The same procedure can be used to revert to original settings
For Macintosh computers: press Command + Option + Control + . (full stop) to increase screen contrast Press Command + Option + Control + , (comma) to decrease screen contrast
There are some great resources out there for getting the best from browsing our, or any, website. Here’s a few:
My Computer My Way – Set up accessibility features on your computer. Advice from AbilityNet.