Blackbullion Accessibility Statement
This document was last updated on [May 01, 2018]
In line with our ambition to help the world get money smart, Blackbullion is committed to providing a learning environment that is accessible to users with a range of disabilities, including those with visual impairments.
The purpose of this statement is to present clear information about our target level of accessibility and to reiterate our commitment to accessibility and inclusivity in all we do.
We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our platform and have integrated a number of accessibility features to meet the criteria defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The guidelines produced by the WAI are widely regarded as the international standard for web accessibility (W3C, 2018).
Our goal is to meet the “Level AA” standard for the presentation of “Time-based Media” which is our current means of content presentation.
Web accessibility is an ongoing process, as is development of the Blackbullion platform. As such we acknowledge that sometimes, despite our very best efforts, there are areas of the platform that may be inaccessible or may not adhere to WCAG 2.0 standards. We will ensure that all new information on the platform will achieve “Level AA” conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Our platform uses multiple features that facilitate the process of improving accessibility to “Time-based Media” for individuals with disabilities.
Accessing Blackbullion’s Web Content
Blackbullion’s web content aims to be accessible to assistive technologies and flexible for all users.
Captioned learning content is available throughout the learning content on our platform.
The majority of content now has the option to turn subtitles on. To turn subtitles on for a video, a user need only click the ‘CC’ button on the video player.
Pre-recorded audio description is available for the vast majority of our video content in the form of synchronized media. This provides a higher quality learning experience than relying on built-in screen to text features. Audio volume is easily adjustable and voiceovers are optimised to suit cultural nuances.
Using WebAIM’s (2018a) “Colour Contrast Checker” all future content is being developed to a Level AA standard, meaning a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 for normal text. This means that all essential elements displayed on screen are of the optimal contrast to be clearly visible.
Some older content is not yet fully compliant and will be enhanced in a staggered manner in order to be compliant.
Magnifying the screen allows users to improve the readability of on screen text and subtitles.
In addition, on screen control icons are also displayed more clearly to facilitate content navigation. Further to this, our platform is fully functional across media devices including mobiles and tablets.
A key factor of web accessibility is through ensuring keyboard accessibility (WebAIM, 2018b).
In order to facilitate ease of navigation through our learning platform, we have incorporated several keyboard accessibility features. Cycling through the player navigation controls can be performed using the Tab key.
The main Blackbullion website is currently not navigable by keyboard and this will be rectified in the coming months.
Screen Reader Compatibility
Screen Readers allow users to hear and navigate content using just their keyboards (WebAIM, 2018c).
The navigation controls located on our media player are compatible for use with a Screen Reader. Users are able to navigate through slides and to our platform’s landing page by tabbing through navigation tags which are screen readable via our media player.
In the majority of cases, hyperlinks are described within page content and contextually explain their target destination.
We have avoided duplication of link text, so a single page with two links to the same location in page content will always point to the same address.
Links to PDFs are present within resource sections of the website and platform. We continually make efforts to limit direct links to PDF documents as resources. Direct links to PDFs as resources will also have descriptive hyperlinks that include target destination (new tabs or new windows).
You can download Adobe Reader through the link available in the footer of the website, on all pages to access PDF documents. Adobe Reader also has screen-reading functionality.
Images used for decorative or layout purposes have been assigned a null ALT attribute, and all other images contain alternate text.
If you encounter any difficulty in accessing the website or any documents, do contact us and we will do our best to provide an accessible alternative.
If you are experiencing any difficulties with our website or platform please contact firstname.lastname@example.org