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WREXHAM IS FIRST COUNCIL TO RETAIN RNIB WEBSITE APPROVAL

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Wrexham CBC's award winning website has retained its RNIB ...
Wrexham CBC's award winning website has retained its RNIB

accreditation which enables the visually impaired to access its web

pages.

Wrexham was the first authority in the UK to meet the design standards

required to display the Royal National Institute for the Blind's 'See It

Right Accessible Website' logo. It is also the first authority to retain

the accreditation.

Many sites are unusable by people with sight problems simply because

they are poorly designed.

People with disabilities have as much right to be able to access the

website as anyone else, but many designers fail to recognise this. The

Web is an information medium, but there are web designers who still

think of it as purely visual. They are unaware that the visually

impaired can access the web.

The See it Right logo is issued to sites which have been audited and

achieve a high standard of accessibility. These RNIB criteria are based

on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WAG) published by the Web

Accessibility Initiative (WAI), an internationally recognised standard.

Wrexham CBC is proud of the achievements of its

website which won the Local Government Association's Website of the Year

in 2003. The website has a dedicated team who ensure that the content is

accurate, up to date and meets the strict standards issued by

organisations such as RNIB to ensure it is easily accessible.

Wrexham CBC's chief information systems officer, Dave Hylands said:

'I am sure our residents who are visually impaired appreciate the

opportunities our website provides. The design standards helps every

visitor to our site. It is appropriate to recognise all the hard work

and effort that has been put into the site by members of the web team.'

Leader of Wrexham Council, Shan Wilkinson said: 'Good design which

helps visually impaired people will help to make the site more

accessible to everyone.'

www.w rexham.gov.uk

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