Website Access

DaDaFest has a reputation for providing access which aims to include everyone in everything we do. We have tried to make this website as accessible as possible in terms of design and layout. Below is a list of how we do this as well as ways for you to change the settings.

We will be continually working to improve the accessibility and usability of the website, but if you have any suggestions or are experiencing any difficulties downloading files or accessing a particular page please contact us.

Alternative Formats

All the information contained on this website can be provided in alternative formats on request. In addition to this, the festival brochure will be available in Braille, large print and audio format. We would also be happy to provide the information by post or on the phone. Just contact the office and tell us about your requirements and we will do our best to meet them.

Here’s an overview of the ways in which we’ve ensured a good experience for people engaging with our site:

WWW Access Standards 

All of the content conforms to the ‘AA’; guidelines within Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. and much conforms to the ‘AAA@ guide lines as well.

Text

All text is legible and readable with good size and contrast.

We use Plain English as much as possible.

If you’d like to use the site in text only mode you can do so here:

Switch ‘Text-only’ mode on

Links

These are easily identifiable – bold with a significant difference in colour and underlined or otherwise clearly distinguishable. Colour alone is never used to identify elements.

Screen Readers 

For screen reader software, we’ve avoided generic links such as ‘click here’ or ‘more’. Instead, the text of the link describes the destination. Also, there is no ‘autoplaying’ video or audio—which would clash with screen reader’s speech—rendering the site unusable.

The website also uses the Web Accessibility Initiative’s Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) document landmark roles to define the structure of pages. This helps screen reader users to understand the role of a section and orientate themselves within the document.

Our alternative text provides concise but accurate descriptions of what our images look like.

Communication

The web is mostly a visual medium so we don’t rely on sound to present information and where we use video, a full transcript is also provided or the video is subtitled. We cannot guarantee all external videos we link to will have a transcript or subtitles, but will ensure all DaDaFest ones do.

We’ve also provided BSLI videos to introduce the site and communicate key content.

All of our videos should contain closed captions which you can enable on the video player (Some such as ‘Blueprints for Change’ have subtitles pre-entered on to the video). If you have difficulties using the YouTube main site, there are other websites you can use to view our content such as: tube.majestyc.net. This site contains various accessibility features.

Social Media Accessibility

Twitter –  Twitter does not feature many accessibility options and can be difficult to use. If you are having problems viewing our tweets on the main Twitter site, we recommend you use: easychirp.com. This is a Twitter application designed to be a web accessible alternative to the Twitter main website and is designed to be optimised for disabled users. It also works with keyboard-only, older browsers (like Internet Explorer 6), lowband internet connections and without Javascript. Alternatively you can use the Twitter help centre for assistance: support.twitter.com.

Facebook – Facebook’s main site includes various accessibility options such as support for screen readers, zooming tools, alternative keyboards and WAI-ARIA landmarks. Some users find that the mobile version of Facebook works better with assistive technology: m.facebook.com. You can also use the Facebook Help Centre for further assistance: facebook.com/help.

Information

We’ve simplified information, and avoided unnecessarily complex language, jargon and acronyms.

The interface for navigating the website is easy to use. There are a sensible number of options, the interface is consistent throughout the site and the pages are arranged in an understandable hierarchy.

We’ve added the Google Translate plugin to allow the site to be translated into many other languages too.

Browsers

Thankfully, browsers support simple keyboard access. You can use the Tab key to cycle between selectable things, and the Enter key to select them. Our pages are structured logically, so when tabbing between elements, the results are predictable.

Clickable elements are large and clearly defined and easy to use.

Browser Upgrades 

We have tried to make our website compatible with all browsers. However, if you are using an older browser, you may see inconsistencies in the presentation of pages. It may help you to download a newer version of a browser.

The following are available to download for free:

Mozilla Firefox    Google Chrome      Safari      Internet Explorer      Opera

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