Our Commitment to Web Accessibility

Norwescon 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 are internationally agreed-upon standards that 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. Testing of our website is performed by our team members using industry-standard tools such as the Accessibility Checker WordPress Plugin, 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 in our website to improve its accessibility:

  • We use the Generate Press theme, which is built to WCAG 2.0 standards.
  • We test for keyboard-only navigation and screen reader compatibility.
  • We include alt text for images.

Where We’re Improving

In our efforts to bring our website up to standard, we are targeting the following areas:

  • Older images may not have alt text defined. We correct those as we find them and have time.
  • The PayPal donation button code at the bottom of every page is missing the proper form label. We are investigating the PayPal code to see if it can be improved.
  • The “magnifying glass” icon in the top-of-page menu bar that reveals the search dialog box is coded as a link rather than as a button. This appears to be an oversight in the theme’s code; we are investigating correcting it, but the issue may surface again with theme code updates if not corrected by the theme developers.

This is part of our broader effort to make everyone’s experience at Norwescon a welcoming and enjoyable one. Please note that while we make every effort to provide information accessible for all users, we cannot guarantee the accessibility of third party websites to which we may link.

Accessibility Support Contact

We welcome comments, questions, and feedback on our website. If you are using assistive technologies and are having difficulty using our website, please email website@norwescon.org. We will do our best to assist you and resolve issues.

Norwescon uses Accessibility Checker to monitor our website's accessibility. Read our Accessibility Policy.