This website has been developed to ensure its content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web-users in the community. Our Water Our Future strives to maintain conformance to W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
We are committed to assisting people with disabilities to access this website. We make every reasonable effort to ensure that, as a minimum, this website attains level AA conformance with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
In addition this website also conforms to the Victorian Government's Accessibility Standard.
This website contains links to pages contained on external government and non-government websites (collectively "third party websites"). These third party websites are not owned or endorsed by us and the accessibility of these third party websites is independent of the accessibility of this website.
- "Skip to navigation" and "Skip to content" links have been provided at the top of each page. Users using screen readers (screen magnifiers or speech browsers), using a small screen resolution or the keyboard, are able to go directly to the navigation menu or directly to the content.
- If you are a keyboard user you can use the Tab key to move through the page navigation. We have applied a logical tab order to make it easier to navigate this website.
- Users do not need to use the flyout menus to access the navigation menu. By clicking on an item within the navigation menu, users will be linked to a page providing access to the same links and information.
Visual design and browser versions
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) have been used to create consistent visual layout within this website. This website will display correctly and functionally work in browsers which support CSS, including Internet Explorer 6 and 7, Firefox 1 and 2, Netscape 7 and 8, and Safari 1.
Where images are used for navigation, or are intended to convey information, a description of the image has been provided within the alt tag of the image. However purely images used only for decoration have blank alt tags.
All fonts within this website use relative font sizing. The user is able to use browser based 'text size' menu options to increase the size of the text on the page to make pages easier to read.
The pages in this website are structured using properly ordered headers.
This is done to aid legibility and to allow users to skim the main parts of the page. For instance some browsers can list all the headers on a page, or navigate directly to the next or previous header.
Forms and tables
The label tag associates text with a form field. This benefits screen readers, as screen readers can read out the name of the field that a user has selected. This is also of benefit to web browsers, as when text of a label is clicked, the associated form field is brought into focus, which increases general usability.
- Tab indexing. As with all pages in this website, navigation of forms with the keyboard can be done by tabbing through the form's fields in the correct order.
- Form Validation. If a form is submitted with empty fields, the error message returned clearly informs the user of missing information.
Tables are only used for the display of tabular data. Headers have been associated with each row and column to aid screen readers and speech browsers.
Details on how to use the accessibility features of this site are outlined within help.
We welcome your comments, queries and feedback regarding the accessibility of this website. Please contact us directly.