Accessibility

Making Arts Accessible

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, whilst strongly promoting the work of the talented disabled artists we support; using images, sounds and written pieces throughout our pages. 

We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website for all people, and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

The site's accessibility will be kept under ongoing review, and we welcome your input into this, especially if you are having any difficulties with accessing our content, or if the way it is presented could be made clearer.  To do this, please send an email to info@frontup.org.au or call (02) 8811 1766. 

Below we provide some guidance which you might find useful not only to enhance your experience of using the Front Up site, but other sites on the internet. 

What have we done to improve accessibility?

We’re committed to achieving level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for disabled people. Conforming with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people. 

  • Coding: The Front Up site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly. 
  • Responsive Design:  We have designed our website to be responsive, so that it works equally on computers, phones, and tablets. This also allows the site to scale easily as you zoom in, making it more usable. 
  • Cambridge simulation glasses: To ensure Front Up maintains AA accessibility ratings, we have tested the Front Up site with Cambridge simulation glasses. These glasses provide insight into the effects vision loss has on our website, so that we can examine the visual accessibility of the design ensuring we develop a better more inclusive website for all users.
  • Accessibility toolbar: The Front Up website has been developed with an accessibility toolbar which is available at the top of the site for your convenience.  This enables the following features as toggled options:
    • ​​​​Increase and Decrease font size: ability to increase or reduce text size by using the AA  icons on the accessibility toolbar.
    • Dyslexie Font: In the accessibility toolbar there is an option that displays text in the Dyslexie font, which has been specifically designed to make reading easier for people with dyslexia.
    • High Contrast:  increases contrast to high luminance.
    • Greyscale: reduces contrast to low luminance.
    • Text to speech reader: Text to Speech is available on every page by clicking the Read Speaker icon. Below are the functions of the read to text speaker.
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  • Titles & Headings
    • Page titles are all H1 tags and are not used elsewhere on the page which makes it easier for screen readers to identify the page title.
    • Page titles are consistent with the slug which is the part of the URL that appears on the Browser Tab or Title Bar.
    • The page has been laid out with clearly defined section headings in appropriate heading markup such as H2, H3 and H4 tags.
       
  • Fonts & Content
    • All text on this website is set in a relatively-sized standard web font (Arial, size 14). This means that you can resize the text easily from within your browser or using the Font Resizer on the Accessibility Toolbar.
 
  • Images
    • Embedded images in text blocks have been minimised to make text more readable for screen readers.
    • ALT tags and caption text has been used to make images readable if they are not displayed.
    • Title attributes from images inserted into post content and featured images have been removed.
    • The use of images of text wherever possible has been avoided and text links are provided.
 
  • Links & Buttons
    • Full URL links have been used for links to all external sites.
    • Meaningful text has been used for internal links to other pages on the site.
    • Navigation buttons have been designed to enable them to be read by screen readers with link text rather than images.
 
  • Colour Contrast Ratio
    • All background and foreground colour combinations have been checked and pass the Relative Luminosity Test.
    • Where the luminosity contrast is lower the text has been used in size 16 font size or higher.
    • Colour is never used as the only way to convey information.
 
  • Site Navigation & Keyboard Access
    • Navigation throughout the site works in a consistent way.
    • All pages of the website have been included in the main navigation menu making it possible to use the TAB key for navigation.
    • In browsers where the TAB key is enabled, keyboard focus is highlighted by a dark grey border.
    • A search box has also been provided to assist you in finding information.  We advise the use of keywords as search text.
 
  • Forms
    • Forms can be navigated using the TAB key.

What can YOU do?

Where possible use an up-to-date browser. By using an up-to-date browser (the program you use to access the internet) you will have access to a much richer set of options to aid you as your navigate your way around this site. 

The standard browsers we would recommend are below with links to install each of them:
  • Chrome (15+)
  • Safari (5.0.6+ on Mac OS)
  • Internet Explorer (10+)
  • Firefox (8.0+)
  • Microsoft Edge 38+ (Windows 10 Anniversary Update or newer)

Once installed, each browser will bring its own selection of accessibility options and may allow further options via the use of plug-ins. For more details, see the Accessibility page of each browser.

Browser Specific Options

Most browsers have the options to set your own preferences for websites you visit.  These settings will override the default settings on the website you are viewing.  The typical accessibility options that can be changed are:
  1. Change font sizes – set the required font size and standard web font.
  2. Switch off images – remove all images so only text is displayed.
  3. Change colour scheme – change the font colour, background colour and the links colours to your preferred colour scheme.
To make these changes in your browser you can find the latest guidelines below:

Assistive Technology

There are a number of different softwares available to help people with various difficulties to use websites.
 
  • Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free screen reader for computers running on the Windows operating system. The latest version can be downloaded for FREE here.
  • iZoom: iZoom low vision software Magnifier and Reader Standard incorporates our latest iZoom Magnification and Reading technology. Zoom into areas of the screen that are difficult to see, reduce glare, read out web pages, emails, new articles and more.
  • Online Lynx Viewer: online text browser Lynx.
  • WAVE is developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages.
  • JAWSJob Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. This is PAID for software. To find out more and download the software, click here.

We are committed to providing you access to our most valuable resources. If you do spot anything which doesn't look quite right or have any suggestions for how we might improve our services, then please let us know. Contact info@frontup.org.au or call (02) 8811 1766. 

Thank you

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