Accessibility

We want everyone who visits the ViUU website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

The Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: education, employment, government, commerce, health care, recreation, and more. It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web can also help people with disabilities more actively participate in society.

The Web offers the possibility of unprecedented access to information and interaction for many people with disabilities. That is, the accessibility barriers to print, audio, and visual media can be much more easily overcome through Web technologies.

ViUU is committed to providing accessible websites to its customers because it also helps you to comply with anti-discrimination legislation in Canada, UK, EU and worldwide.

Research shows that there are millions of people in the world who cannot easily access digital content because of a health condition, impairment or disability.

Globally there are an estimated 285 million people with a visual impairment of some kind and around 10-15% of the world’s population has dyslexia.

What are we doing?

To help us make the ViUU.ca website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for our website.

Links

Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).

Whenever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page. To aid this, link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.

There are no javascript: pseudo-links. All links can be followed in any browser, even if scripting is turned off. There are no links that open new windows without warning.

Visual design

This website uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

The layout is liquid, simply filling its window. It happily accommodates resizing text and, as relative units have been used, text can even be re-sized in Internet Explorer for Windows.

Tips

We’ve put together a few tips for you. Please contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Using the keyboard instead of the mouse.

Internet Explorer

  • Alt+S = skip navigation
  • Alt+H = home
  • Alt+A = accessibility information

Firefox

  • Shift + Alt + S = skip navigation
  • Shift + Alt + H = home
  • Shift + Alt + A = accessibility information

You can increase the size of the page in both IE7 and Firefox.:

  • In Internet Explorer 7,Ctrl + (zoom in)
    Ctrl – (zoom out)
    Ctrl 0 (set to 100%)If you have a scroll wheel on your mouse, hold down the ctrl key then spin up to zoom in, spin down to zoom out.
  • In Firefox, go to View > Zoom and either Zoom in or Zoom out.

Changing your computer screen settings

To change the size of the image shown on your screen on a PC running Windows 95 and upwards, go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display > Settings and change the desktop area by using the sliding bar.

On an Apple Macintosh, you can use the Monitor & Sound Control Panel to change the resolution.

Having difficulty with your keyboard or mouse?

You can fine-tune your mouse and keyboard settings under Start > Settings > Control Panel > Accessibility in Windows 95/98/NT/2000 and XP.

Skipping navigation for talking browsers and screen readers

For speech browsers, you can press Alt and S followed by Enter to skip navigation on our pages.