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Monyash Parish Council and Monyash Village Website

Accessibility Statement

Government regulations mandate that public bodies’ websites are accessible. The Parish Council is of course covered by this and we think the whole village website should follow suit to make it more inclusive. There is an international standard called Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) which public bodies are expected to meet.

The current village website does not meet WCAG 2.1. The obvious shortcoming is with colour contrast between foreground text and its background, particularly in the menu bar(s). But there are other issues to do with hidden links and navigation around a page which should also be resolved.

The way the site is constructed and maintained reflects the tools available when it was designed and built. We have been considering for some time how we might update its technology and we have settled on using WordPress. WordPress has been around since 2003 and, according to some estimates, powers 35% of the Internet. We have found a theme that has a simple, clean “look and feel” and gives us a very flexible menu structure. It also satisfies the navigation requirements of WCAG 2.1 and allows us to change colours readily to give the colour contrast we will need.

We had already started building a WordPress version of the website before we started considering what was needed for WCAG 2.1. Our plan is to leave the current website design it is and to continue working on the WordPress version, making sure all pages satisfy the accessibility guidelines.

We don’t have a detailed timescale yet, but we hope to have the new site live before the end of 2020.

For those readers who wish to know more about the guidelines and regulations, here are some resources:

August 2020