Genio is dedicated to meeting the needs of people with disabilities, and recognises the importance of complying with accessibility standards. We also recognise the challenge and benefits of creating a website that focuses not only on complying with standards, but on delivering an excellent online experience to the widest possible audience, including older people and users with disabilities.
We will continue to work on the structure of our website and recognise that more work needs to be done, especially relating to easy-to-read content and sub-titling our video content. We greatly appreciate your patience as we work towards achieving these goals. We appreciate any feedback on improvements that would make the website more accessible. Please contact us with comments to [email protected].
As far as possible, we aim that the website is:
technically accessible, in that it is possible for all users to access all information and functionality;
equally usable, in that it is not prohibitively difficult or time consuming for users with disabilities to carry out normal tasks;
capable of being adapted or configured by individual users to meet their specific needs and preferences;
capable of interfacing with appropriate, widely available assistive technologies employed by users.
As a minimum standard, all pages are designed to meet all Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level A & Level AA Success Criteria. However, we aim to achieve as many of the guidelines from levels 1, 2 and 3 as practical in the design and implementation of the website.
The website uses structured semantic markup. h1 tags are used for main titles. h2, h3, h4, h5, h6 tags are used for subtitles.
The website uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual layout. This ensures that content is perfectly linearised and improves performance on a wide range of browsers and other user agents.
Pages are designed to validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
To help deliver and maintain an accessible website, Genio is developing internal guidelines to guide web administrators and authors in the creation of accessible web content.
These guidelines will cover issues such as
Creating user friendly web content
Writing meaningful alternative text
Creating accessible tables
Creating accessible forms
Creating accessible link phrases.
Content authors will receive training to raise awareness of accessibility issues.
Page layout and navigation
Pages on the website are structured as follows:
Header links – Link to the homepage(logo), About, FAQ, Information Updates Subscriptions, Contact us, Large Font View, High Contrast View.
Search box – key word searching of the website
Mega dropdown - Main navigation featuring links to the main sections of the website which drop down to feature sub navigation including secondary and tertiary links
- About Us
- Innovation Funding
- Learning & Skills
- Measuring Impact
- Smart Social Investment
- Landing pages - Each of the six main sections of the website feature a landing page which lists all secondary and tertiary sub-links. This is a replication of the mega dropdown to facilitate accessibility.
- Content – main content for that page, structured using headings, and paragraph elements
Latest News & Updates
Fat footer – links to all six main sections of the website and sub-sections
Additional information and links – Address and phone number, Disclaimer, Privacy, Accessibility, RSS Feed, Media widgets
You can listen to this website aloud while browsing by using a free software download, called Browsealoud. This can be useful for people with reading difficulties, reduced sight, or language issues. First download and install the software, open the Genio website in your browser, scroll over the text that you want to hear, and Browsealoud will speak what you require; helping you navigate and understand our content more easily.