Accessibility

We want our website to be easy to use for everyone. When we designed our website we made every effort to take our users’ diverse needs into consideration.

Accessibility standards

Our website has been designed to meet the WC3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. These guidelines offer three levels of priority, and we aim to ensure that all of our pages are accessible to A and AA guidelines. Where possible we also try to achieve AAA guidelines.

More details of these guidelines are available from the World-Wide Web Consortium's website.

Alternative formats

All documents on this website are available in alternative formats such as large print, dyslexia-friendly, audio recording, Braille, and languages other than English. If you would like a document in an alternative format, please contact us.

Website translation

Translations of this site are provided with the help of the Recite Me toolbar.

To use the toolbar, just click ‘Accessibility’ at the top of the homepage and you’ll be able to select your preferred language. The site will automatically be translated into your chosen language. Because Recite Me is a third-party application, we have no control over any inaccuracies arising from this translation.

Recite Me toolbar

The Recite Me accessibility and language toolbar allows you to customise the Karbon Homes website according to your own preferences.

You can change:

  • Language – one of 90 options
  • Font size and type
  • Colour background and contrast
  • Magnification
  • Text into audio

 

The toolbar also offers additional accessibility features:

  • Ruler
  • Dictionary
  • Audio file download

To learn more about the Recite Me toolbar, please read this user guide.

Browser support

The site is built in a flexible manner and scales to ensure readability on whatever device or browser it is viewed upon. Browser support is progressive meaning more capable browsers may get improved aesthetics or functionality, yet content is still accessible to even the oldest browsers.

JavaScript

The use of JavaScript will give the user enhanced features of the site. Where it is not available then all pages and process are still accessible.

Semantics and Landmark Roles

HTML5 markup is used to structure the site with appropriate elements used to clearly and logically identify content for search engines or screen readers.

Following guidance set by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (ARIA), landmark roles are provided to make the site more accessible. Roles used to identify specific content or navigation areas for machine readers and assistive devices such as screen readers.

Landmarks have been added to identify the site’s Header (banner), Footer (content info), Primary Content (main), Navigation (navigation) and Search (search).

Tips on making the web easier to use

If you need help with seeing the screen, language and reading or using your keyboard and mouse, visit the BBC's My Web My Way where you will find step by step instructions on how to do this. The Abilitynet website also provides lots of useful tools to help you make your computer easier to use.

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