Accessibility

UK Anti-Doping is committed to making its website available to as many people as possible meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and makes every effort to ensure its communications are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.

Recognising that this is an important issue we aim to ensure that the UKAD website is accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.

We have strived to make this website adhere to priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and in some cases priority 3. Changes to improve accessibility are ongoing, but if you come across a page you find difficult to use please let us know.

The code used to create the site validates as HTML 5. The pages use structured semantic markup.

Standards Compliance
Our pages conform to Level AA compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

We strive to obey the spirit of the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission.

Accessibility Design
Many Internet users with disabilities find website difficult or even impossible to use simply because of the way they are designed. This website has been designed to be as accessible as possible and to be compatible with the types of adaptive technology used by people with disabilities, including screen readers. 

As such, visitors can and can use 'access keys' on the keyboard rather than the mouse to navigate through pages.

Foreground and background colours contrast well throughout the site, with the majority of content adhering to a minimum AA W3C standard.

The site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. Tables are used for tabular data, but we have avoided using them to dictate the layout of a page wherever possible.


Links
External website links on the site will open a new browser window and most links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail, and in the majority of cases the text of the link already fully describes the target. Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context.

Link text should never duplicated. Two links on the same page with the same link text always point to the same address. External links on the site will open a new browser window (when the link target is on a non UKAD website). New windows are never opened without either a warning in the text or in the 'title' attribute of the link.

Images
All content images on the site include descriptive ALT attributes. Those purely decorative graphics or used for layout include empty ALT attributes.

PDFs
Most documents on this website are PDFs (portable document format). The advantage of a PDF is that it will always be presented consistently. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (or similar) to open PDF files, and this can be downloaded for free. Adobe has recently updated its free reader to include screen reading functionality.

Adobe also has a free online conversion tool for PDFs so people who have problems reading PDFs can convert them so that they appear as normal web pages or plain text.


JavaScript
The site has been configured to allow users access to its full range of functionality whether or not they have JavaScript enabled in their browsers. Where JavaScript is used, it is only used to enhance the user experience. It is never essential.

Known browser support
This website operates on a wide range of browsers and operating systems, and has been build to work on the current version minus one. In most cases, the site will continue to be functional. Yet some styling features may differ on older browsers and devices.