Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.

The College website has been designed to provide a fast, media-rich browsing experience, with text equivalents on all non-text elements and high contrast between text and background colours.

The Isle of Wight College website has been built using the latest web technologies to give you a fast and modern web experience regardless of your browser, platform or device.

The College website uses Javascript to provide additional functionality and user interface enhancements that will degrade gracefully and still function if Javascript is not enabled/available.

All web content has been arranged to convey structure with appropriate use of headings and markup to allow our content to be viewed easily through assistive browsing software and/or hardware.

All text on our website is fully resizable using built-in browser controls, simply follow the instructions for your desktop browser.

The College website connects to Google Translate, allowing on-the-fly translation to over 40 different languages.

The College website uses a consistant visual style for links and appropriate use of link titles and tooltips.

All video content within our website is embedded from our YouTube channel, this allow us to use its  built-in accessibility features (such as descriptions and captions) which allow our video content to be heard but also seen by those with hearing disabilities or lack of audio hardware, the captions within our video content can also be translated on-the-fly into over 40 different languages by connecting to Google Translate.

Images use alt tags to provide descriptive text alternatives of images within the website.

All forms within The College website use appropriate labels, controls and access keys to make our forms as easy to use and accessibile as possible.

The College website uses ReCaptcha to validate user form submissions, this system also provides audio alternatives for visually impaired users.

Certain information on The College website is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files.
Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.

All pages within The College website have been designed to print without elements that are redundant for print media (such as video, sound and in some cases links) to provide clean, easy to read printed pages.

For tips on customizing your web browser to suit your needs, have a look at the BBC’s – my web, my way initiative.

It contains helpful tips for optimizing your browsing experience.

We’ve worked hard to make our website accessible and easy to use but we know that it’s an ongoing job and we welcome comments or suggestions on how we can improve our website.

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