Accessibility on the Sunderland Live Website

The current Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requires that goods and services are offered on equal terms to people with disabilities.

Sunderland Live is committed to providing its online services to all sections of the public. We have had considerable help from two individuals who both have visual impairments who assist us making the site more accessible. With this in mind, our website was being designed to follow the accessibility guidelines issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).

The following is a list of some of the actions we have taken in order to improve accessibility of the Sunderland Live website:

Validated the website against the standards and recommendations of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). This initiative is a programme lead by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Ensure that all HTML documents conform to W3C HTML and XHTML Recommendations and other HTML standards.

Ensure the every image on the site uses alternative text to describe the content of the picture. This is useful for text-based browsers and/or for users with visual impairments.

Increase the contrast between background and text for readability purposes wherever possible.

Ensure that all fields in online forms can be navigated with pressing 'Tab' in a keyboard. This is particularly meaningful to users that cannot use a pointer device such as the mouse, whether this is for mobility reasons or for visual impairments.

Developed meaningful access keys to allow users with limited physical capabilities to navigate more easily.

Regularly consult with citizens with visual impairments on the use of the site, and make improvements to the site based upon the problems they experience or recommendations they make.

If you come across pages which are not disability-friendly please let us know by emailing