The features, content, and functionality on Engineering Village are designed to be accessible to all users and devices. We strive to adhere to the U.S. Section 508 Guidelines for Web as well as meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Engineering Village is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website, and in doing so, adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
Our Engineering Village team consists of developers and user centered designers who conduct usability testing and accessibility assessments of navigation, flow, labeling, and consistency.
We test EV with a variety of devices and assistive technology including JAWS screen reader, NVDA, keyboard only navigation, and a variety of browser testing tools.
Some of the accessibility features of our site include:
- All primary functionality in EV is operable using keyboard only, with logical tab order.
- EV uses properly structured headings, allowing screen reader users to navigate pages more efficiently.
- Graphical elements such as images and icons are supplemented by html text attributes.
- User interface panes and page sections are identified by headings and ARIA landmark roles.
- Color coding is minimal and is supplemented by meaningful text.
- Animated tutorials are also available as HTML tip sheets.
- EV uses separate CSS files and is also usable with CSS turned off.
- Most data tables have <th> and scope attributes.
- Forms use standard HTML markup including label tags and asterisks to identify required fields.
- Error handling is announced to the user via screen reader while navigating through forms such as the login.
- EV uses standard HTML form elements such as checkboxes and radio buttons which offer state information to assistive technology such as JAWS.
- Pages have unique and descriptive page titles to help orient screen reader users.
- Pages have ARIA landmark roles providing a method for skipping repetitive links.
- All content and controls are compatible with screen enlargement software in addition to compatibility with built in browser zoom functionality.
- EV does not have features that interfere with standard API features of the OS including MSAA (Microsoft Active Accessibility).
- Download the 2017 VPAT WCAG 2.0 evaluation (PDF, 434kb) for Engineering Village.
The Adobe Accessibility Site a resource for working with PDFs and accessibility issues. The Adobe Site offers a service to converting PDF files into ASCII and HTML. Also, you may download the latest version of Acrobat Reader which includes features that enhance the accessibility of PDF files.