Accessibility

Both BPP University and BPP Professional Education aim to make its websites accessible and usable for people of all abilities and disabilities, including older audiences, and those with visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairments.

Many people use assistive technologies to allow them to view websites in easier-to-read colours, with larger fonts or as spoken text, or to navigate around a site using the keyboard only.

We believe the web should work for everyone whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. To help us to achieve these aims, we strive to adhere to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) accessibility standards, namely:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

These are guidelines for making Web content more accessible to people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these.

In order to meet these guidelines with our editorial content we strive to:

  • provide an accessible alternative to any potentially inaccessible core content
  • update alternative content in line with and at the same time as the original content
  • provide an appropriate text equivalent for each non-text element of the core content
  • where the language in the document changes, indicate this with a tag containing a Lang attribute
  • left-align text, except for tabular data and where the formatting is integral to the meaning of the text
  • avoid jargon and acronyms that are not regularly used by our audiences, and present acronyms in full on their first use
  • divide large blocks of information into manageable chunks e.g. use short paragraphs
  • keep line length below 70 characters.

With images we aim to:

  • ensure that content does not rely on images or diagrams to make sense
  • provide redundant text links for each active region of an image map
  • provide alt text for all editorially significant images
  • ensure that instructional images make sense without the help of a text explanation • support our "calls to action" with icons • only use symbols (e.g. < or >) in content for their semantic use.

With our design and layout we aim to:

  • provide consistent navigation
  • clearly define the different sections of the page and ensure consistent location of screen objects
  • avoid creating auto-refreshing pages in their default state, i.e. you can allow an opt-in auto-refresh
  • at no times break the browser back button functionality
  • accommodate the enlarging of text by up to 200% without the use of assistive technologies
  • avoid opening a new window from an existing browser by any mechanism unless through a pop-up
  • publish all text based content on a plain solid background.

With audio and video we aim to provide subtitles/captions that can be turned off and on, or at least provide a downloadable transcription of video and audio content. 

Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA)

These guidelines relate to allowing Assistive Technologies to make appropriate transformations of rich applications and content. WAI ARIA should be followed when using design elements or features such as movement, Flash and multimedia, keyboard access, images and colour. We strive to conform to other technical aspects of accessibility, e.g. Semantic Mark-up, CSS, Javascript, XHTML, games and keyboard access.