UNB Libraries Web Accessibility Statement
UNB Libraries are committed to ensuring a fully accessible website for all users. All pages created and maintained by UNB Libraries have been designed to meet and exceed current standards and guidelines for accessibility.
Navigation, Website Content, and Accessibility
- Skip Links: Skip links provided on each page allow jumping past navigation menus to page contents. Major sections are labeled “Main Content” and “Sidebar.”
- Keyboard Navigation: For visitors who do not use a mouse, pages on this website are fully navigable using a keyboard alone. Most modern browsers support keyboard navigation, but keystrokes and shortcuts may vary depending on your browser: consult your browser’s Help menu, or contact the library’s Commons Accessibility Centre for assistance.
- Access Keys: To avoid conflict with keystrokes and keyboard shortcuts commonly used with some assistive software, access keys have not been assigned.
- Images: All images that are not used for purely decorative purposes are assigned alt attributes and descriptive text.
- Forms: All forms designed by UNB Libraries are appropriately labeled and keyboard-navigable. Where use of a CAPTCHA is required, an audio equivalent has been provided.
- Resizing: Recent versions of most popular browsers provide ‘Zoom’ viewing options that will properly scale any text and images on a web page. For most browsers, zoom is typically accessed as follows:
- Windows and Linux: Use Control + or Control -
- Mac: Use Command + or Command -
- Video Content: Any audiovisual content developed by UNB Libraries is provided with on-screen text and/or a text-only alternative.
Standards and Testing
UNB Libraries' website has been developed using the following:
- WCAG 2.0: Pages on this site achieve AA standards, and where possible strive for AAA, as defined by W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
- Coding Standards: Pages on this site have been authored to be compliant with current W3C standards for HTML 5 (in some cases XHTML 1.0 Strict) and CSS. Standards-compliant code helps to ensure that visitors using assistive technologies (such as screen readers) are able to access the site contents.
- Additional Standards and Best Practices: While not in strict conformance, the website also makes reasonable efforts to conform to and reflect the best practices of the Government of Canada Standard on Web Accessibility, the BBC's Accessibility Guidelines and WebAIM: Web Accessibility In Mind.
In addition to reviewing for compliance with the standards noted above, this website has been tested with a range of assistive technologies (including JAWS and ORCA screen readers, and ZoomText magnification software), both by library staff and by assistive technology users from the university community.
While we make every effort to make sure that all pages designed and maintained by us are fully accessible, the accessibility of electronic products licensed for use by UNB Libraries is most often beyond our control.
If you encounter difficulties in accessing or using any electronic resources provided by UNB Libraries, please contact the library’s Liaison for Persons with Disabilities for assistance.
Your experience and satisfaction are important to us. If you have any difficulties using this site, or if you encounter any pages which do not meet the standards mentioned above, please contact our Website Administrator.