New government regulations published in September 2018 require all content posted online to be accessible. This online guide has been produced to support content creators in understanding what they need to do to comply with these national regulations.
The definition of accessible
The Government Digital Service (GDS) define accessibility in these four principals:
- Perceivable: Content is presented in a way that is accessible by all
- Operable: Content is presented in ways that can be accessed by all
- Understandable: Content is presented in ways that can be understood by all
- Robust: Content is reliable and compatible with assistive technology and standards
How to create accessible content?
The Skills Team have produced a number of accessibility guides depending on the type of content you are creating. Please follow the links below to access the specific support materials
- Creating accessible content for Moodle
- Creating accessible Word documents
- Creating accessible PowerPoint documents
- Creating accessible Excel documents
- Creating accessible videos and audio content
- Creating accessible images using ALT text
- Sending accessible emails and calendar appointments
If you know that you are working with a student or colleague with a specific requirement, here are some general tips
- Working with someone with a visual impairment
- Working with someone with a hearing impairment
- Working with someone with dyslexia
- Working with someone with physical or motor disabilities
- Working with someone on the autistic spectrum
- Working with someone with anxiety
Other useful resources:
- Sensus Access: to change the format of documents, for example; text to audio mp3, scanned PDF to Word.
- Contrast colour checker: to check the contrast of text colour and background colour
- Writing well for your audience: Gov.uk guidelines on how to write for web, writing for specialists, knowing your audience, etc.
- Creating clear print and large print documents: RNIB guidelines
- use a clear, sans serif font such as Arial;
- adequate spacing - 1.5 rather than single spacing;
- if printing materials, check the required font size and print on non glossy paper;
- use left alignment (for Word documents).
For more information, please contact Roz Hall (Learning Technologies & Skills Development manager)