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We are aiming to be validated to HTML 4.01 and CSS standards and in compliance with W3C WAI guidelines.

Here's what we are doing...

1. TEXT ONLY VERSION OF THE WIRRAL LEARNING GRID WEBSITE - Until ultimate WAI compliance is achieved, a filter program which creates a constant automatic text-only alternative of our website (The Wirral Learning Grid) is available in addition to our normal service. This text-only method can cater for users with disabilities or specific needs who in addition to the graphical site may require a textual version for screen reader software/text to speech browsers. We have also included a link to this facility at the bottom of every page in our website.

2. TEXT ALTERNATIVES - We use alternative text labels on all the graphics on the WLG website. These appear as you hover over the graphic with a mouse and provide a description of the graphic. These text alternative labels are read out and the page becomes much more comprehensive for those people using a screen reader.

3. VALIDATION & COMPLIANCE - All NEW areas on our website will aim to be compliant with W3C appropriate guidelines for accessibility. 

Where the following logos appear the individual pages are validated as defined below:

HTML 4.01 ICON - This logo is displayed to show that we have taken the care to create an interoperable webpage. This means that the resource in question identified itself as "HTML 4.01 Transitional" and that it successfully performed a formal validation using an SGML or XML Parser. 

Further information is available at: http://validator.w3.org/

Valid CSS ICON - This logo is displayed to show that we have taken the care to create an interoperable cascading style sheet to complement the individual interoperable webpage.

Further information is available at: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

WAI-AA - This logo is displayed to show that we have taken the care to create an interoperable webpage and checked it against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 to Level A standard.

WAI-AA - This logo is displayed to show that we have taken the care to create an interoperable webpage and checked it against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 to Level AA standard.

4. What are W3C / WAI Guidelines? - "The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding." 

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 : W3C Recommendation 5-May-1999: "These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers (page authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools. 

The full guidelines are available at: http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/

5. ADOBE ACROBAT FILES - PDF's - Many of the documents and leaflets on our website are available in Portable Document Format(PDF) making them easy to print or view on screen. We are currently in the process of converting all our Word documents into PDF format. PDFs are accessed using a PDF file viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free and available to download on the Adobe Website . This needs to be downloaded once, after which it installs itself as part of your web browser. From then on, if you see a link to a document in PDF format, your browser will be able to open it for you.

However, .pdf files and the Adobe Acrobat Reader software are not accessible to users of some assistive technologies (e.g. screen reader software). Where there are .pdf's for download we also have a courtesy link to the "Access Adobe" website - this provides further tools to aid users in accessing .pdf files if they do not already have them.

SOFTWARE / ACCESSIBILITY / RESOURCES - The following is a list of possible useful resources, but The Wirral Learning Grid does not directly recommend any of these specific products or their suitability for your requirements:

4. PLAIN ENGLISH - A web site isn't much use if the design stops you reading the text, which is why we insist on good colour contrast on all pages. If there is a dark background, the text should be a very light colour for example. Making the site easy to read doesn't stop with the colours chosen however. The words used must be clear and easy to understand and we are working to remove gobbledygook and to simplify text for easy reading.

5. FLASH - Due to the nature of our website and because elements of the content are aimed at children we use Macromedia Flash. Where this involves a menu structure we also include a text version of the links. If it is a learning resource we will try, where possible, to ensure that an alternative version of the content is available via a word document or other format.

You can download the latest Flash Player from the Macromedia Website.


Did you know that you can change the font size using your web browser. Here we have included instructions for the two most popular web browsers - other browsers will have have similar settings.

Changing Font Settings: Internet Explorer

From the View menu, select Text Size. Choose your preferred size from the list. - The change should affect all web sites and remain the same until you decide to change it again.

Changing Font Settings: Netscape Navigator it from the Menu bar. Select Preferences. Select Appearance.

Changing Text Style and Size:

Select Font. The font size and text type can be changed here. Select the 'Use my default fonts, overriding document-specified fonts' button.

Changing Colour:

Select Colour. The text, background, Unvisited and visited link colours can be changed here by clicking on the appropriate colour buttons. Click on the 'Always use my colours, overriding document' button. Click OK.

Further Information about Accessibility

If for any reason you are experiencing difficulties accessing or obtaining materials via our website, or you have a disability or specific need which you feel isn't addressed, or you wish to receive any of our materials in another alternative method, please do not hesitate to contact:

The Wirral Learning Grid Team

Email: Please contact the Learning Grid Team via our Feedback form.

We hope that this page has been useful. Do you know of any products that we may be able to use in the future to enhance access to this site? Please let us know.

If you, or anyone you know, has problems accessing the Wirral Learning Grid, please contact the Learning Grid Team and we will see what we can do to help.


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This page was last updated on Friday, 11 October, 2013