KWR’s website is now more accessible for people with disabilities

When a website is well put together, everyone can join in

KWR’s website was today aligned with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. By following these guidelines, we have made our content more accessible for a wider range of people with functional disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. The guidelines also often mean that the web content is more usable to visitors in general.

Visitors returning to the website will be struck by a few changes:

  • Improved filters: filtering only after clicking.
  • Greater contrast: an effort has been made throughout the website to ensure there is lots of contrast between texts and background.
  • Colour independence: colour-blindness has been taken into account, so that colours that ‘look alike’ do not appear close to each other.
  • Predictable design: the elements are designed and used for a function, so that the visitor understands how something is constructed and what to expect. For example: every page begins with a title and introduction.
  • Buttons are more clearly visible: pictures are not clickable and buttons ‘tell’ you what will happen when you click on them.
  • Everything that you can click on will give you ‘feedback’: a button’s colour changes if it is clickable, and immediately turns another colour when you click on it.
  • Alternative texts for illustrations: with this feature the software can ‘read out’ what is shown in an illustration.
  • The website is reasonably easy to operate with only a keyboard.
  • Improved click-path, so that the visitors know ‘where’ they are in the website.
  • Clearer error notification when something is not right.