Accessibility

We are constantly working to make our website as accessible and usable as possible. If you have any questions about using our website or if you have a suggestion on how we can improve its accessibility please  email comms@kgh.nhs.uk

When we were developing this website with our website provider “Verseone” they ensured that the content was checked prior to “going live” by experienced users of adaptive technology for access by people who have

  • No vision
  • Low vision
  • Colour blindness
  • Dyslexia
  • Deafness
  • Mobility Impairment
  • Learning Difficulties

Our website includes a built in Accessibility Checker – this means that before we place anything on our site the system checks it and provides the author with messages, prompts and warnings to guide them towards publishing Accessible content that is in line with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. For example – if we try to publish a photograph without including a description of what’s on it, the website content management system alerts us to that fact and makes sure that we do.

Our website includes the facility for people using it to be able to change the contrast of the site and view in either black and blue font on a yellow background or yellow and blue font on a black background. The button to activate this function can be found after clicking on the Accessibility Tools box at the top right of each webpage.

Browser compatibility

This site has been developed and tested in several desktop and mobile device internet browsers using Responsive Web Design techniques. This means that you should be able to comfortably view the site on either a computer screen, smartphone or tablet. Certain aspects of this site will not work in browsers more than 3-4 years old. We very much recommend upgrading your internet browser to a more recent release.

Images

All images used in this site include descriptive alternative text. This means that if the person using this website has a visual impairment and is using software that reads the site content to them it will include a description of any image on that page.

Other languages

Visitors to our site who wish to access information in other languages may use the Google Translate service powered by Google Translate® which is available on every page on our website from a box in the top right hand page. The Google Translator is a third party service and any use of its translation services is subject to its rules or requirements.

The translations are made through an automated process which may not result in accurate or precise translations. Anyone using the Google Translate does so at his or her own risk and the user accepts the legal implications of any shortcomings or differences in the translation.

Accessing Further Help to Improve Website Accessibility

The BBC website includes a section My Web My Way (http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/best_practice/about.shtml)

This provides advice and help on how to get the most out of the accessibility features and assistive technologies available for your computer, so that you can view BBC Online and the rest of the web in a more accessible way.

This heart of the site is the How to guides section, which shows you how to customise the accessibility features of your computer setup or web browser. It also includes guides and factsheets that introduce the range of assistive technologies that are available.