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Accessibility

Updated 13 Oct 2014

Web accessibility is the practice of making website content available to all users, particularly those with disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. It includes making a website as accessible as possible regardless of browsing technology, such as for people with text-only web browsers and old browser versions.

Elections ACT is committed to making its website accessible to as many people as possible. To this end we are endeavouring to meet AA accessibility checkpoints as defined in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. This commitment applies only to the Elections ACT website and not to websites that are linked from our pages. Compliance with web accessibility is an ongoing process which we are regularly working to improve. If you experience problems accessing any of the information on our site, please contact us and we will try our best to fix the problem or provide the information in an alternative format.

Exemption from web content accessibility guidelines

There are various documents available from this website in a format other than HTML that are not accessible to screen readers and will therefore not comply with accessibility standards.

Historical forms under the election funding, expenditure and financial disclosure section of this website are not accessible to screen readers and will therefore not comply with accessibility standards. Recent disclosure data is provided in an accessible format and Elections ACT is working to provide all historical data in the same format.

Public suggestions, comments and objections related to each redistribution are available on this website. For the 2015 redistribution, submitters are asked to provide their submissions in web accessible formats, and we guide them on how this can be achieved, however the submissions will generally be published in their original format as made by the submitter. Submissions from past redistributions will generally not be accessible.

Many older publications available from this site as PDF files were created before the technology existed to make this type of document accessible.

If you have difficulty accessing any information on this site, please contact Elections ACT and we will try to provide the information to you in an accessible format

Accessibility features on this site

A number of accessibility features have been implemented throughout this website to make the site more accessible to people with disabilities.

Below are some accessibility features that we consider necessary to our users.

Navigation

Navigation will still function without JavaScript on most current browsers. JavaScript only enhances the experience for users when JavaScript is enabled.

Fonts

All fonts on the site use relative font sizing rather than fixed font sizing. If you have difficulty reading the text on a web page it is possible to change the size using your web browser - refer to the help for the particular browser you are using.

Links

Most links are text-based. If some links are images, certain techniques are used to separate presentation from structure to ensure links are still text-friendly for screen readers, text-based browsers and for users who browse with styles/scripts off.

Images

A text description has been added to each image within alt and/or title tags. This will assist screen readers and users who browse the Internet with images off.

Printable pages

All pages are optimised for printing offline. This will reduce the amount of ink and paper wasted when printing a web page document.

Adobe PDF document format

Users can get information regarding the accessibility of Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files from the Access Adobe website.

Standards compliance

All code is validated by http://validator.w3.org/ according to the XHTML 1.0 Strict doctype to increase reliable rendering across all browsers, to enable faster downloads and for easier navigation for screen readers.

All pages on this site use structured semantic markup recommended by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Separation of structure (HTML), presentation (CSS) and DOM behaviours (JavaScript) are applied where possible.