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We want everyone who visits the Toolkit website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding. It is our aim to make the Toolkit an example of good practice amongst the University of Aberdeen digital resources 

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

What are we doing?

To help us make the Toolkit website a positive place for everyone, we've been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the Toolkit website.

How are we doing?

Weve achieved our goal of Level AA accessibility, but strive to consistently improve the user experience. The following information explains what were doing to make that happen.

Success criteria 1.4.3:

We have reviewed our use of colour in a few areas of the site because we know that some of our previous colour choices have resulted in low contrast between the text and the background. This can make it difficult for some people to differentiate the foreground from the background and impair their experience. If you still experience any issues, we have provided some guidance at the bottom of this page to help those users who are affected. 


The Toolkit provides multiple ways to access information so a user can choose the medium that suits their learning and access needs, be that video, image or plain text. Saying that, we also aim to make each medium universally accessible in isolation.

We are currently working on making the video content hosted on the site as accessible as possible and will be working through these resources to ensure that we provide both captioning and descriptive transcriptions where appropriate. 

Help with Colour Contrast

You can alter the contrast of the colours used in the Toolkit website with some simple tools or settings changes that work with your web browser or operating system. Please see the section that matches the platform you are using for the Toolkit:

Specific Web Browser Tools


Accessibility tools for Chrome lists some very handy tools for transforming web pages to suit your needs. High Contrast and Color Enhancer specifically deal with changing colours and contrasts.


Colorific for Firefox gives you complete control over the colours displayed on websites.

Internet Explorer (Windows only)

Here are instructions for changing website colours in Internet Explorer. If you can recommend a plug in that simplifies this process, then do let us know.

Operating Systems


Mac OS (OSX)

Mobile Devices

Let us know what you think

If you enjoyed using the Toolkit website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. Wed like to hear from you in any of the following ways: