BrainLine.org Web Page Accessibility
BrainLine.org is designed to maximize accessibility and usability. All pages on BrainLine.org use the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) web development standards to maximize accessibility and cross-platform continuity. In addition to adhering to web standards, BrainLine.org strictly adheres to Section 508 — a section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that ensures accessibility for all users of information technology. Some examples of 508 compatibility on BrainLine are:
- assistive technology compatibility (text readers, for example)
- access guidelines established by the W3C
- use of Alt Text tags
- transcripts for multimedia content
- page utilities like text sizing, text only, and a dynamic glossary (all in the upper right-hand corner of every page)
In addition to designing BrainLine.org to the Section 508 and W3C standards, we have several functions on the site that make the user's experience more efficient, for example:
- The dynamic glossary feature is at the top of every page and underlines each glossary item in the text. Each glossary item has a dotted underline and when moused over, gives a short definition of the term. When the glossary item is selected (clicked), it opens up a full definition of the term. You can turn this feature on or off at the top of every page.
- All multimedia (except for the webcasts) is shown in light box format on the page where it is selected. This keeps the users on the same page instead of taking them to a different section of the site.
- Each "landing page" is color coded. "TBI Basics" is orange, "For People with TBI" is purple, "For Family and Friends" is blue, and "For Professionals" is green. Color coding provides subtle visual cues that remind users which landing page they are using.
- Bread crumb navigation is used once someone leaves the home page to show where they have been on the site. By selecting one of the pages in the bread crumb navigation, the user can follow the path back three pages.
To improve the accessibility of BrainLine.org, BrainLine has asked users with disabilities to review the site. BrainLine also reviewed the site's accessibility with outside Web tools. The results of these reviews have been incorporated into the website. BrainLine welcomes comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. Please send your comments here.