Web accessibility refers to how well people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges can access a website. As part of our commitment to all visitors, creating and maintaining a website that is accessible to all members of our audience is a priority for the Township.
We work hard to ensure that Assiginack.ca complies with universally accepted standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2) created by the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
Tips for Browsing on Assiginack.ca and Elsewhere on the Web
Some accessibility features are built into computer operating systems and web browsers. Try the following methods to simplify your web browsing experience.
Magnify the Screen
Many web browsers allow you to zoom in on web pages using simple keyboard controls. The magnifier allows you to focus on specific parts of the screen, enlarging the text and other page elements.
- For Windows operating systems, press Ctrl and + to zoom in on a web page (Ctrl and – to zoom out).
- For Mac operating systems, press Cmd and + to zoom in on a Web page (Cmd and – to zoom out).
Customize the Mouse Pointer
You can customize a computer mouse pointer in several ways. For example, you can slow down the speed of the mouse pointer for easier handling. You can also change its appearance so that it contrasts more with the screen content.
Make the Computer Speak Aloud
Many computers have text-reading features, but they can be limited in what they offer. For example Windows Narrator reads only menus and dialogue boxes, but not blocks of text. Windows Narrator is available in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.
For Microsoft Windows, software is available that offers more advanced screen-reading capabilities (both free and commercial). A popular free and open source screen reader is NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). The two most common commercial screen readers are JAWS and Window-Eyes.
For Mac users, VoiceOver is available as a standard part of the OS X operating system.
If you are interested in learning more about how to use the accessibility features mentioned above, please visit the following link(s) for the devices that you are using to view our website.