The Sound Exchange has many accessibility features and we aim to continually improve the accessibility of the site for all users. This article explains our approach to accessibility, highlights features that are designed to support particular groups of users and also points out currently known weaknesses and problems. We are always interested in hearing from users and welcome all your feedback on accessibility issues.
Our Approach to Accessibility
Our aim is to create a website that as far as possible meets the guidelines set out for W3C Level 1(Click here to view the Guidelines). These guidelines address barriers in Web pages which people with physical, visual, hearing, and cognitive/neurological disabilities may encounter.
Most browsers have text size controls on the View menu at the top of your browser window. In most cases you can also increase/decrease the size of the text by using the key combination Ctrl & +/-.
We have chosen text and background colours carefully to provide a good, strong contrast without the glare of black on white which is problematic for some users.
Video Text Transcripts
We aim to transcribe all of our audio or video content as it is made. Currently we haven't backdated our transcription to include the oldest instrument films, but all of our audio and video content from the past two years has transcriptions as .pdf files. If you find any content that hasn't been transcribed please let us know.
There are a few interactive resources which use Flash and we are planning more in the future. We have only chosen to use Flash where there is no alternative for the functionality that we require.
This web site is not based on a frameset, but there are couple of instances of iFrames (in line frames). If you experience problems navigating these, we would very much appreciate hearing from you.
As already stated we are keen to hear your responses to this site, because it will help us to plan for improvements.