The My Learning website takes accessibility very seriously and we strive to ensure that our site permits both physical and intellectual access to the widest possible audience. We have developed our access strategy and technical standards for the site with reference to the work of the World-Wide-Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The My Learning website follows the UK government's guidelines for access keys.
Access keys provide keyboard shortcuts and offer you an alternative way of navigating around the site.
To use access keys:
- Press and hold the 'Alt' key
- Press the letter or number of the access key as listed below
- Press the return key. You should now be redirected to the page you require.
If you are using a Macintosh system, you must press the 'Ctrl' key and the access key.
- S - Skip Navigation
- 1 - Home page
- 2 - News Archive
- 3 - Website Map
- 4 - Search
- 5 - About
- 6 - Subjects
- 7 - Learning Levels
- 8 - Privacy and Child Protection Policy
- 9 - Museums
- 0 - Accessibility Statement
- Access key functionality may vary based on the type of operating system you are using.
- Access keys are only supported by MS Internet Explorer 4 and above and by Netscape 6x versions
Accessibility features on the site include:
- Validation of all XHTML, CSS and additional scripts
- Screen reader ‘ready’ and compliant
- All page source has been checked against Web Content Accessibility Guidelines compliance
- Cascading style sheets used in favour of tables, for everything except explicit tabular data.
- All content is still legible without the use of Cascading style sheets (CSS), but obviously does look the same visually.
- Navigation of the site does not require any scripts.
- Appropriate tagging for all images
- Transcripts for video and audio
- A link to skip navigation. You can use this link to skip the navigation and jump straight to the content on any page in the site.
- Text sizes are all relative. You can adjust the font size on the site to make it easier to view. With this in mind we have made available 2 buttons on the site interface to which will increase the font size which some users may find more comfortable to read.
- Printer friendly: our site prints in a way that the pages can be downloaded as support learning material ensure that the text and images are legible when printed out on a standard 300dpi printer using white A4 size paper without all the unnecessary website navigation trimmings as you find on the site.
This website can be viewed on any web browser software capable of reading HTML pages. However, multimedia-rich nature of some of the site prompts us to recommend the combination of a modern operating system and graphical browser for the best experience. Examples of such configurations are shown below.
ABM PC compatible Pentium II 300Mhz or greater running Windows 95, 98, 2000 or XP, with Internet Explorer 5.5 or onwards, Netscape 6 or beyond, or Mozilla Firefox.
Apple Macintosh G3 or greater running OS9 or OSX, with Safari 1.0 or Internet Explorer 5.2 or greater.
Your internet connection should be 512k or greater to experience video and Flash content at its best. A Dial-up connection is not recommended, although it is possible to comfortably view content other than video and Flash animations on such a connection.
Colour blindness and clarity
Our site does not discriminate against visual disabilities such as: colour blindness, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration etc
The site layout has been kept simple and conventional with low vision and visual impairments in mind. We have chosen specific:
- Colour schemes for foreground, background and complimentary images.
- Contrast between foreground and background elements
Our multimedia content, e.g. recorded voice or video, may be inaccessible to users who have a hearing impairment. It will also be inaccessible to those with computers with no audio capability or who do not have, or cannot use (because of a firewall), the plug-ins necessary to use the playback. We have provided text transcriptions of the audio and video content to assist you.
This website has been tested by a wide range of individuals including blind people, people with visual impairment, focus groups of teachers and children in partnership with local authorities and education professional. We hope your experience of My Learning has been enjoyable. If you require any further assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Alison Glew on 07732585959