Our Commitment to Website Accessibility
IPCEA has worked hard to provide an accessible website that meets WCAG2.1 AA compliance.
IPCEA is committed to providing a fully accessible website experience for all users of all abilities, including those who rely on assistive technologies like screen readers, screen enlargement software, and alternative keyboard input devices to navigate the web.
Ongoing Efforts to Ensure Accessibility
We follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 as our guiding principle for determining accessibility. These internationally agreed-upon standards cover a wide range of recommendations and best practices for making content useable. As we add new pages and functionality to our website, all designs, code, and content entry practices are checked against these standards.
Website accessibility is an ongoing process. We continually test content and features for WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliance and remediate any issues to ensure we meet or exceed the standards. Our developer tests our website using industry-standard tools such as several WordPress plugin tools to assist our efforts in flagging any accessibility issues, the WebAIM WAVE – Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool, color contrast analyzers, keyboard-only navigation techniques, and Flesch-Kincaid readability tests.
Accessibility Features On Our Website
The following is a list of items we have included on our website to improve its accessibility:
- Provide a contrast ratio of at least 4.5 for foreground/background elements
- Ensure content is structured with properly nested headings to make sense in screen readers or other devices
- Work hard to follow best practices for ARIA elements
- Provide ALT text for all non-decorative images
- Recently resolved errors on Google Maps with accessible map pins
Where We’re Improving
In our efforts to bring our website up to standard, we are targeting the following areas:
- Consistent monitoring for errors or warnings as content changes
- Work hard to resolve anything confusing with redundant links or repetitive Alt text. These do not display as errors, but we will continue to follow ways to improve structure.
- Accessible PDF files (see below)
Known problems with active work to resolve.
Google Maps Embed used for this website presents problems with the accessibility of location map pins. In WordPress, we have not yet found a plugin that enables us to include Alt Text for all the location map pins. We are presently working on developing either an alternative for screen readers only or potentially to completely revising the current China Location Maps. Last update on this item status: 14 August 2022. – This has been resolved by changing to a different plugin that now tests with 0 errors – 17 August 2022
- We plan to redesign and replace linked PDF files, so they are also considered accessible with appropriate Alt text on all images and create PDF Tabs. Additionally, add information in the coding related to the language, and this is especially important since we have two files that are 1) English language and 2) Chinese language.
This is part of our broader effort to make everyone’s experience at IPCEA a welcoming and enjoyable one. Please note that while we make every effort to provide information accessible to all users, we cannot guarantee the accessibility of third-party websites to which we may link.
Finally, we know that while the IPCEA website may validate with online testing, it is not fully compliant with WCAG2.1 AA until we can arrange for live user testing and complete verification. We hope to accomplish this in the future.
Accessibility Support Contact
We welcome comments, questions, and feedback on our website. If you are using assistive technologies and have difficulty using our website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, our website developer. We will do our best to assist you and resolve issues.