Close this folder. Online Niagara Accessibility Statement

We have endeavoured to make this site usable and accessible. We would like all visitors to be able find the information they are looking for quickly and easily. If you find a problem in using this site, please let us know.

Close this folder. Usability and Accessibility features of OnlineNiagara.ca

When using this site, you will find a number of features that will help you to find the information you are looking for.

Close this folder. Finding your place in the site

The navigation menus on the top of all pages shows each section of the site. If a section has more than one page you will find these links via the Quick Links box on the right. We are using Access Keys in the main section navigation. In most cases, external links will open in a new browser window or tab.

Close this folder. Returning to the home page

When you want to return to the home page, you can click on the Home Link (at the top of the navigation on every page) or use Access Key 'h'.

Close this folder. Increasing the size of the text

If you prefer the font size on the web pages to be larger or smaller, you can control this using your browser settings. Most browsers allow you to change the size of the font displayed on the screen either permanently or temporarily. How you increase the font depends upon what browser you are using. Examples of how to increase or decrease fonts in several popular browsers follows:

Open this folder. Internet Explorer Version 5.5 and above
Open this folder. Opera Version 6.0 and above
Open this folder. Netscape Navigator Version 4.7x and above

Visit your browsers help feature for additional information on this and other browser related topics.

Close this folder. Accessibility and Usability Standards

Making a site accessible to everyone who wants to use it is important, and we have tried to ensure that our site is completely accessible to all. We endeavour to test both the layout and content of our site to conform to W3C standards. If you find a page that does not conform to the standards below then please contact us.

Close this folder. Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

This site uses CSS and XHTML 1.0 Transitional and in our opinion conforms with level Double-A of the WCAG.

Most pages on this site support XHTML 1.0 Transitional [Extensible Hyper-Text Markup Language version 1.0 transitional DTD].

The valid pages that have been tested against the standards given by World Wide Web Consortium [www.w3c.org] warrant the appropriate W3C icon.

Close this folder. Valid CSS!

Most pages on this site feature CSS [Cascading Style Sheets]. Some browsers do not support all features in CSS and as a consequence you might experience irregularities in the design.

The most common browsers who are known to cause trouble are:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x
  • Netscape Navigator 4.x
  • Opera 3.5
  • Any older versions of the above mentioned

Netscape Navigator/Communicator 4.x users are deliberately excluded from some features due to the poor support for Cascading Style Sheets. Netscape has released a new version (6.01), which supports CSS.

The valid pages that have been tested for conformance against the standards given by World Wide Web Consortium [www.w3c.org] warrant the icon W3C CSS.

Close this folder. Level Double A Conformance, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessiblity Guidlines 1.0

This site has been evaluated on the basis of Priority 1 and 2 items in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and warrants the icon W3C AA

Pages bearing this logo indicate a claim of conformance by the page author or content provider to conformance level Double-A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, including all Priority 1 and Priority 2 checkpoints defined in the Guidelines. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these Guidelines will help make the Web more accessible to users with disabilities and will benefit all users. We feel it unnecessary to link the W3C icons on every page in our site to demonstrate this.