The accessibility of the Oralux website is naturally a key point for us.
In fact, we enjoy the accessibility approach.
One responsibility: removing the technical
barriers so that our visitors may get the information on the
site. Even if she relies on other devices than e.g. a screen or a mouse.
We are aware that some layouts may
build a very high barrier for some visitors or for ourselves.
Thus, we rely on cascading style sheets (CSS) for layout and
these style sheets are stored in separate files. The information
concern the xhtml files.
- Here are our choices:
- We do not use frame.
- We do not use table for layout.
- And we rely on pure CSS.
- Use the simplest possible vocabulary
- Propose if possible the information in the visitor's preferred language
- About semantic markup
- The tag has a meaning, and doesn't concern
layout. For example, h1 is for indicating a main header and not
for displaying bold characters, blockquote is for quoting not
for indenting, and so on...
- lang attribute
- If a piece of text is written in another
language, we have to indicate it thanks to the lang attribute. For
example: in the case where the current text is in French and a few
words are in English: <span lang="en">Web Accessibility
Initiative</span>. These are important information for the voice synthesis.
- hreflang attribute
- If a link points to a document written in another language
than the current one, we indicate it thanks to the hreflang attribute. For
example: in the case where the current text is in French and the
link concerns an English document: <a href="http://document" hreflang="en"
lang="en">Web Accessibility Initiative</span>
- Abbreviation or acronym
- The abbreviation (e.g. HTML) or the acronym (e.g. FAQ) is
clearly explained in plain text the first time it appears in the
page. For example: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). We do not rely on the
abbr or acronym elements.
- The <br /> tag
- We avoid this tag. If there is a need to
create a newline, then a new paragraph <p> is added.
When a page is added or updated, the following tests are checked
by the Oralux team.
- Spell check
- Test the html links
- Valid XHTML 1.0 strict thanks to the W3C Validator
- Valid CSS thanks to the W3C CSS Validator
- Test with Emacspeak and w3m (GNU/Linux)
- Test with IE6 (MS-Windows)
- Test with Yasr and Links (GNU/Linux)
- Test with Mozilla (GNU/Linux)
- We hope to reach the level triple A conformance to WCAG 1.0 (with Cynthia says)
- A few links coming from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI):
- People in a hurry may want to read the quick
- The reference document Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0)