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Accessibility Features Statement

The Industry Canada site has employed templates from the Web Experience Toolkit (WET) to make this site more accessible.

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The template:

  • respects accessibility (WCAG 2.0 AA and WAI-ARIA), usability, and interoperability;
  • uses HTML5 semantic elements and WAI-ARIA landmarks;
  • are HTML5 conformant, to improve compatibility with adaptive technologies, handheld devices, browsers, and search engines;
  • have been successfully tested on a wide range of adaptive technologies and browser/platform combinations;
  • include major components, such as the common menu bar, side menu, and content area that are properly marked up with headings to simplify navigation with a screen reader;
  • employ table-less layout and design to simplify screen reader navigation by reducing the structural complexity of Web pages;
  • improve accessibility by allowing visitors to configure visual elements to meet their accessibility needs;
  • use scaleable fonts and text-based navigational elements to improve accessibility and simplify navigation using adaptive technologies;
  • provide printer-friendly functionality in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to render pages more compatible with printers and to prevent printing unnecessary page elements;
  • separate visual presentation from the document structure;
  • avoid truncated and overlapped elements at very large font sizes;
  • display the title value when a link gains keyboard focus; and
  • employ skip navigation links at the beginning of the page for quickly moving to the content or the institutional links. These skip navigation links become visible when a mouse pointer hovers over top or when selected using a keyboard or other alternate input device.

Increasing Text Size

To increase the text size on our Web pages, you can change the settings in your Web browser. Just follow the instructions below based on the browser you are using or see your browser's help for details.

Internet Explorer

  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Text Size".
  3. Select "Larger" or "Largest".

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Text Size".
  3. Select "Increase".
  4. To increase the text size further, continue selecting "Increase".

Opera

  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Zoom".
  3. From the menu, select the size with which you would like to view the Web site.
  4. To increase the text size further, increase the percentage.

Safari

  1. Select "View" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Zoom In".
  3. To increase the text size further, continue selecting "Zoom In".

Chrome

  1. Select the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select "Options" ("Preferences" on Mac and Linux; "Settings" on Chrome OS).
  3. Select "Under the Hood".
  4. In the "Web Content" section, use the "Font size" menu to make adjustments.

Client-side CSS for enhancing accessibility

The design of the Web pages on this website are flexible enough to allow you to configure the visual presentation to meet your accessibility needs by using a client-side Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) file.

Most browsers provide the ability to specify a client-side CSS file, which would be applied to every Web page on this Web site that you visit. To take advantage of this feature, perform the following steps:

How to create a client-side CSS file

To create a client-side style sheet, create a plain text file with a ".css" file extension using either a plain text editor or a CSS editor. Include CSS syntax (http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/) in your client-side CSS file to control the visual presentation of Web pages.

To make it easier for you to enhance the accessibility of Web pages on this Web site, you can include any combination of the following client-side CSS in your client-side CSS file.

How to make the skip navigation links visible?

  1. Open your client-side CSS file and paste the following snippet:

    div.navaid {
    position: static !important;
    font-size: 100% !important;
    float: none !important;
    overflow: visible !important;
    width: auto !important;
    height: auto !important;
    }
    div.navaid a {
    color: #00F !important;
    padding: 5px !important;
    line-height: 150% !important;
    }

  2. Save your CSS file and refresh your browser

Your browser should now display the "Skip to content" and "Skip to institutional links"

How to make pages expand across the entire screen?

  1. Open your client-side CSS file and paste the following snippet:

    div.page {
    width : 100% !important;
    }

  2. Save your CSS file and refresh your browser

Your browser should now display the pages at 100% of the width of the screen.

How to make all links underlined?

  1. Open your client-side CSS file and paste the following snippet:

    a:link, a:visited, a:hover {
    text-decoration: underline !important;
    }

  2. Save your CSS file and refresh your browser

Your browser should now underline all links on the screen.

How to make links all have the same foreground and background colours?

  1. Open your client-side CSS file and paste the following snippet:

    a:link, a:visited, a:hover {
    background-color: #FFF !important;
    font-weight: normal !important;
    font-style: normal !important;
    font-variant: normal !important;
    padding: 0px 0px 2px 2px !important;
    }
    a:link {
    color: #00F !important;
    }
    a:visited {
    color: #009 !important;
    }
    a:hover {
    color: #F00 !important;
    }

    Please note that the colours in the above example can be modified and are assigned as follows:

    Background colours
    Link property Class name Class property Colour (hex) Colour
    Background colour a:link, a:visited, a:hover background-color #FFF White
    Normal link colour a:link color #00F Blue
    Visited link colour a:visited color #009 Dark Blue
    Hover link colour a:hover color #F00 Red
  2. Save your CSS file and refresh your browser

Your browser should now display all links with the same foreground and background colours.

How to add more contrast to the content page banner?

  1. Open your client-side CSS file and paste the following snippet:

    div.banner, div.banner-eng, div.banner-fra, div.banner-lfcoa-eng, div-banner-lfcoa-fra {
    background: none !important;
    border-top: 1px solid #000 !important;
    border-left: 1px solid #000 !important;
    border-right: 1px solid #000 !important;
    min-height: 5.58em !important;
    margin-top: 3.14em !important;
    padding-bottom: 0.67em !important;
    }
    * html img.coa, * html img.lf {
    margin-top: -2.84em !important;
    }
    div.banner-lfcoa-eng img.coa, div.banner-lfcoa-eng img.lf, div-banner-lfcoa-fra img.coa, div-banner-lfcoa-fra img.lf {
    display: inline !important;
    }
    div.banner-eng p.main, div-banner-fra p.main, div.banner-lfcoa-eng p.main, div-banner-lfcoa-fra p.main, div.banner-eng
    p#siteuri, div-banner-fra p#siteuri, div.banner-lfcoa-eng p#siteuri, div-banner-lfcoa-fra p#siteuri {
    position: static !important;
    font-size: 100% !important;
    float: none !important;
    overflow: visible !important;
    width: auto !important;
    height: auto !important;
    }
    div.banner-eng p.main, div.banner-fra p.main, div.banner-lfcoa-eng p.main, div.banner-lfcoa-fra p.main {
    font-family: "times new roman", sans-serif !important;
    font-weight: bold !important;
    font-size: 185% !important;
    margin: 0 !important;
    padding: 0 !important;
    }
    div.banner-eng p#siteuri, div-banner-fra p#siteuri, div.banner-lfcoa-eng p#siteuri, div-banner-lfcoa-fra p#siteuri {
    font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important;
    background-color: transparent !important;
    font-weight: lighter !important;
    font-size: 110% !important;
    margin: 0 !important;
    padding: 0 !important;
    }
    p.main, p.main span, p#siteuri, p#siteuri span {
    color: #000 !important;
    }
    * html p.main, * html p.main span, * html p#siteuri, * html p#siteuri span {
    width: 99.5% !important;
    }
    p.main img, p#siteuri img {
    display: none !important;
    }

  2. Save your CSS file and refresh your browser

Your browser has now disabled the original background colour or image in the banner, and replaced it with a high contrast foreground and background colour combination.

How to add more contrast to the Welcome Page message area?

  1. Open your client-side CSS file and paste the following snippet:

    .msgarea, .msgareaalt {
    background: none !important;
    border-top: 1px solid #000 !important;
    border-left: 1px solid #000 !important;
    border-right: 1px solid #000 !important;
    }
    .msgareaalt {
    border-bottom: 1px solid #000 !important;
    }
    * html .msgarea, * html .msgareaalt {
    width: 99.7% !important;
    }
    * html .msgarea {
    height: 129px !important;
    }
    * html .msgareaalt {
    height: 248px !important;
    }
    .msgarea h1, .msgareaalt h1 {
    color: #000 !important;
    }
    .msgarea h1.hidden, .msgareaalt h1.hidden {
    position: static !important;
    font-size: 200% !important;
    float: none !important;
    overflow: visible !important;
    width: 100% !important;
    height: auto !important;
    font-weight: bold !important;
    }
    .headcontainer {
    background-color: #FFF !important;
    color: #000 !important;
    border: 1px solid #000 !important;
    }
    * html .headcontainer {
    width: 99.7% !important;
    height: 118px !important;
    }

  2. Save your CSS file and refresh your browser

Your browser has now disabled the original background colour or image in the Welcome Page message area, and replaced it with a high contrast foreground and background colour combination.

How to configure your browser to use a client-side CSS file?

Internet Explorer

  1. Select "Internet Options…" in the "Tools" menu.
  2. Select the "Accessibility…" button.
  3. Check the "Format documents using my style sheet" box.
  4. Use the "Browse…" button to select your client-side CSS file.
  5. Confirm the changes by using the "OK" button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Rename your client-side CSS file to "userContent.css".
  2. Copy the file to the "chrome" sub-folder in your browser profile folder. Instructions for finding your profile folder. The "chrome" sub-folder should contain the files "userContent-example.css" and "userChrome-example.css".
  3. Restart the browser.

Opera

  1. Select "Preferences…" in the "Tools" menu.
  2. Select the "Advanced" tab.
  3. Select the "Content" option in the list.
  4. Select the "Style options…" button.
  5. Use the "Choose…" button to select your client-side CSS file.
  6. Confirm the changes by using the "OK" button.

Safari

  1. Select "Preferences" in the "Safari" menu.
  2. Select "Advanced".
  3. Use the "Other" button to select your client-side CSS file.
  4. Confirm the changes by using the "OK" button.