Accessibility policy

Standard Provision


  1. Use of appropriate font face and sizes
  2. Appropriate use of capitalisation, bold, italics and underlining for emphasis
  3. Editorial consistency and use of appropriate writing style, punctuation, language, acronyms, etc
  4. Appropriate line and paragraph length, spacing, leading, justification, positioning, etc


  1. Appropriate colours, colour combinations, contrast and tints
  2. No instructions or references only to colours in text or graphics (e.g. “the green button”)
  3. Option for users to adjust text and background colours


  1. Use of clear graphics of an appropriate size
  2. Provision of alt text, figure descriptions or in-text descriptions (as appropriate) for graphics having pedagogic significance
  3. Option for users to show/hide background graphics


  1. Speech should be clear, succinct, well paced and free from unnecessary distractions, with appropriate and consistent use of language, tone, acronyms and jargon
  2. Transcripts will be provided in an appropriate format for all spoken audio; this will include descriptions of sound effects having pedagogic significance
  3. Video production will take into account the needs of disabled students in terms of image brightness, contrast, speed of action, flashing lights, references to colours, clarity of on-screen text, etc
  4. Appropriate controls will be provided to control playback, override any synchronisation timings adjust volume and video window size


  1. Consistent use of navigation and control methods
  2. Size and spacing of controls allows operation by users without fine motor skills
  3. All controls, menus, links, etc, allow keyboard control, logical tab order and ability to bypass groups of links
  4. All controls, menus, links, etc, allow screen reader investigation by means of Alt Text labels, meaningful names, etc
  5. On-screen messages remain until dismissed by the user; timed responses allow for disabled use

Program Construction

  1. Correct and consistent use of styles, titles/headers, measures/units/values and mark-up, including specification of language dictionaries
  2. Appropriate use of correctly constructed, marked-up and labelled tables or frames
  3. Construction allows all relevant text (including titles, controls, formulae, etc) to be read/skipped by JAWS Ver 7 in a logical order
  4. Avoid flashing text or objects
  5. Appropriate and controllable use of spawned windows and pop-ups
  6. The nature and degree of accessibility for interactive programs (e.g. simulation) will be discussed and agreed between Realware and clients, both in terms of inputs (data, controls, etc) and outputs (data, displays, etc). Where a sequence or cycle is initiated, a method of describing this or capturing adequate snapshots will be defined.

Optional Provision


Benefit for student

Impact on Realware

Alternative audio or video file format

May be required for compatibility with student’s assistive technology

Files may need to be provided in raw form, and therefore not be embedded in any original program structure.  This will be labour-intensive to provide and is likely to be pedagogically weaker than the original program

Synchronised transcript

The transcript highlights or scrolls in sync with the video.  It may also be possible to navigate around the video by clicking the required sentence/paragraph in the transcript

May be complex and labour-intensive to produce and test, depending on age and production method

Realware products are compatible with Windows Vista
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