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Accessibility Statement

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Website Accessibility Statement

Silphium Design LLC wants to provide the opportunity for everyone to access our website and learn not only about the company, but also be able to read the blog. We are continually working towards making the site compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.2. AA level (WCAG 2.2 AA) standard and strive where possible to aim for the AAA level. Efforts to date include:

Color Contrast

The contrast of the yellow (#e8de8c) text to the green (#1d3008) background is 10.31:1, which qualifies at the WCAG 2.2 AAA level for contrast and the bronze level for the Accessible Perceptual Contrast Algorithm (APCA) model, slated to be used in the upcoming WCAG 3.0. In the header and body, the dark gray text (#272626) to the white (#ffffff) background is 15.09:1, which qualifies at the WCAG 2.2 AAA level and silver level for APCA, and is under the 16.0:1 level that is considered to be too much contrast. The dark gray (#202527) footer background has a contrast with the white (#ffffff) text of 15.49:1, which is qualifies at the WCAG 2.2 AAA level and the silver level for APCA, though it is still below the 16.0:1 level considered to be too high causing eye strain.

Alternative Text

All images, including in some cases decorative images are described with alternative text.

Heading Structure

Skip links to main content, headings, and links are reachable by tabbing and “clicked” using the spacebar. The entire website is reachable by directional controls.

Cookie Notice

The cookie notice was selected for and adjusted to reachable by tabbing and not create a keyboard trap. In a lot of websites the cookie notice is not reachable by the tab key leading the navigation to go “under” or “around” the cookie notice creating an obstacle that stays on the site blocking the content underneath.

Sense of Motion in the Navigation Menu and Large Print Text

A lot of websites use a change of color for the navigation menu and small print, making it difficult for those who have limited vision or vision that is not what it used to be. The navigation menu for Silphium Design uses not only a color change, but also a motion effect upon hovering which satisfies a requirement for the visually impaired, the autistic, and focus area. Large print or larger print is used throughout the site in order to make for easier reading by all and include those who may not have a screen-reader to enlarge the text.

Elimination of Duplication of “More” Links

Another problem solved, in part, in the Silphium Design website are the multiple “read more” button texts in the query loop. It is a WCAG requirement to not have duplicative link text in buttons or links. While Joe Dolson, an expert in web accessibility noted this problem years ago, it still exists in WordPress. To solve the problem, buttons were taken out and the text of the blog post title was made to be a link with a notice that the link takes you to another page.

Contact us with any Concerns

Accessibility problems are resolved as we find them and/or do more testing of the site. If you have trouble accessing features on the website or have concerns please contact us at this email or 814-775-0005. If possible please specify the location on the website having the problem or concern. We will do our best to rectify the problem once known.

The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.