Accessibility on the DRILL website

‘Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning’ (DRILL) is committed to providing accessible information. We have designed our site to make the information accessible to the widest possible audience.

If you have any problems with the website or accessing information use our contact form.

We aim to meet WCAG version 1.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) Conformance Level “AA”, which means that all Priority 2 checkpoints will be met.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets the content of each page is still readable.


All text hyperlinks are written so that they make sense when read out of context.

Access keys

We have not used access keys on this website. There is no recognised standard for combinations of keys; some screen readers use certain combinations for different functions.

Accessibility Help: WP Accessibility Plugin

We have installed the WP Accessibility plugin which is designed to help with a variety of common accessibility problems.

Accessibility Features added by WP Accessibility:

  • Enable skip links with WebKit support by adding JavaScript support to move keyboard focus.
  • Add skip links with user-defined targets. (Customisable targets and appearance.)
  • Add language and text direction attributes to your HTML attribute
  • Add an outline to the keyboard focus state for focusable elements.
  • Add a toolbar toggling between high contrast, large print, and desaturated (greyscale) views of your theme.
  • Add a long description to images. Use the image’s “Description” field to add long descriptions.
  • Enforcement for alt attributes on images.

Accessibility Issues fixed by WP Accessibility:

  • Remove the target attribute from links.
  • Force a search page error when a search is made with an empty text string. (If your theme has a search.php template.)
  • Remove tabindex from elements that are focusable.
  • Strip title attributes from images inserted into content.
  • Remove redundant title attributes from page lists, category lists, and archive menus.
  • Add post titles to standard “read more” links.
  • Address some accessibility issues in the WordPress admin styles
  • Add labels to standard WordPress form fields if missing

Accessibility Tools built into WP Accessibility:

  • Show the colour contrast between two provided hexadecimal colour values.
  • Enable diagnostic CSS to show CSS-detectable problems in visual editor or on front-end of site.

Accessibility issues on this website

There are some aspects of the site that do not pass automated accessibility tests. For example, there appear to be images that do not have labels. This is due to the use of plugins to add functionality to the site such as the Google Translation tool. However, though if means that the site does not pass automated tests, the content is still accessible to visitors.

If you have any problems with our website, or want to tell us how we can improve it, please contact form.