Accessibility For Users With Disabilities

There is a growing requirement and responsibility to make web sites accessible for all visitors. Standards for designing accessible web sites have been developed by organizations such as W3C - the World Wide Web Consortium ( CPR is committed to adopting accessibility features into our web site design on an ongoing basis.

The W3C is an international organization committed to defining web development standards and have a very good section on accessibility guidelines, which is continually being updated. Please refer to the site for further details on accessibility standards. As a minimum, the CPR web site has adopted the following features:

  1. A link to a page entitled "Accessibility" for users with disabilities is included in CPR's primary navigation. This provides accessibility instructions for using our site.
  2. CPR's web pages support text browsers or have an alternative text page displaying the same information.
  3. Hyperlinks to PDF documents will include the word "PDF" within the hyperlink description. If a document is posted in Portable Document Format (PDF), a second version may also be available in an accessible text format. For up to date information on accessibility tools for PDF documents, visit the Adobe website at
  4. Graphic images have an "ALT" tag with a meaningful description of that graphic image. If the graphic image is being used as a hyperlink, it should also include a description of the information at the hyperlink.
  5. The alt tag "D" provides a detailed description of any photographs or images on our site. A "Return" hyperlink will be located at the end of the description so that the user can return to the photograph. The "D" is to be used in situations where the description provided by the Alt Tag is not sufficient to describe the photograph.
  6. All audio and video clips have text transcriptions or descriptions. The graphic page will have a closed-captioned (CC) alt tag link.
  7. Link text contains descriptive words, which can be quickly reviewed by users. Words like "click here" are avoided.
  8. A "Skip Navigation" link is provided. This allows the visitor to go directly to the site content. This will be an invisible link that will be picked up by voice recognition software.
  9. Strong, bright contrasts between foreground and background colours are used for both text and images. Colour-blind readers can differentiate similar colours, which contrast bright with dark. Where possible, we have avoided incorrect colour combinations in order to make our site inaccessible for colour-blind visitors.
  10. If colours are used to navigate or to make decisions, then alternate text labels are also provided.
  11. Flash and Multimedia presentations are used on our site. An HTML text message is also available to deliver the same message.
  12. Voice recognition software and search engines have difficulty using frames; as such frames are not used on CPR's web site. Please note that some of our Search application use frames.
  13. Navigation links are underlined. The exception to this would be Navigation links such as sidebars.
  14. We built this site so all visitors with a 7.0 (Or higher) browser may access all content.