About Accessibility on this Site
The PPRC website was designed to be accessible to the widest possible audience. It is compatible with popular screen reading software and can be navigated using the keyboard as opposed to using the mouse.
Customize the Site for You:
There are various things you can do to change the look of this site to make it easier for you to read. You can make the text bigger and change the contrast. This section gives you instructions on how to do this, as well as information about website accessibility in general.
1) Text Size
This site offers several different text sizes (as well as those offered by most internet browsers). They are indicated by the words smaller and larger at the top right of each page. Clicking on the word larger increases the text size of a page and clicking on the word smaller decreases the size of the text. The smallest size is the default text size of the website.
For websites that do not offer this option, you can also change your text size preferences in your Internet browser. For example, if you're using Internet Explorer 5, look under "View" on the menu bar and choose "Text Size." For more information, see our guide to Changing Text Size in Your Browser.
Another option that is available is to increase the size of the entire web page that you are viewing. For example, if you are working on a PC, you can increase the website page size by holding the control key and pressing the plus key. To decrease the page size, you hold the control key and press the minus key. To decrease the site back to the original size you hold the control key and press the zero number key. On a Mac you would hold the command key and press the plus size to increase the page and then press the minus key to reduce the page size, and the zero number key to go back to the original size.
You can improve the contrast of this website by selecting a high contrast colour scheme.
3) Skip to content
This feature allows you to skip over the repeated content at the beginning of each page (such as the heading and navigation) and go straight to the main page content. This is especially useful to those with screen readers because it gives you a way to avoid listening through lengthy menus every time you enter a new page.
4) Alternative text
Images on PPRC.ca have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text. When an image is used on a web page to convey information, its content is also described in the alt text. This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers. If an image is used for simply decorative purposes, the text attribute for the image is left empty in line with accepted best practice.
5) Descriptive Links
Links on PPRC.ca have descriptive tags that provide a clear explanation of the destination the link will take you to. This way, if you are using a screen reader, you will know where the link will take you before clicking on it.
6) Colour Reliance and Image Alternatives
The PPRC.ca website was created with colour impaired visitors in mind. The site was designed and was tested to conform to minimum contrast requirements for visitors with colour-blindness or other ocular impairments that could prevent them from reading text that does not have sufficient colour contrast with background colours.
The PPRC.ca website uses images in a strong and effective method for communication. Where visitors cannot view images, due to visual or technological issues, alternative text is provided to ensure that the content of those images - where relevant - is communicated to the visitor. When images are disabled for any reason, the entire site was built to be fully navigable and usable.
The website never relies exclusively on colour or image to convey information.
7) Scripting Languages and Device Independence
8) Tables are Used for Tabular Data Only
Tables are not used for layout within the PPRC.ca website. Tables are only used to present data or information which is best displayed using columns and rows.