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What is an accessible website?

An accessible site is one that accommodates the needs of different users. Designing for accessibility means accepting that, for online information, there is:

  • no standard information user
  • no standard device for browsing information.

An accessible website does not exclude anybody due to:

  • their abilities
  • the method they use to access the web.

Accessible websites prioritise clear content, structure and ease of navigation. That does not mean they have to be purely functional or visually unattractive, nor are they prevented from using the latest web technologies, provided that all information is still accessible to users.

As well as being able to change fonts and colours, we believe you should be able to access this site’s information with assistive technology, like JAWS (Job Access With Speech), NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access), ZoomText and Dragon Naturally Speaking. It should also be usable with screen magnifiers and your operating system’s speech recognition software, such as Windows Narrator.

Our website is constantly evolving, and development will always consider accessibility and usability. We are always grateful for your feedback on how accessible our site is for you, so that we can keep improving it. Please email your feedback to ask@ripfa.org.uk.

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