Simple advice, is to comply with the GEF guidelines and the most universally accepted and up-to-date guidelines for web accessibility, which are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. as described here:
- The DoE GEF guidelines are stated clear and simple - we should stick to them.
- There are a number of tools against which we can easily test the proposed JSML newsletter for WCAG compliance.
- Content type: Newsletter
- Accessible Formats: Web page + Accessible PDF for print
- Things to consider: Create just as you would a normal web page.
2. RECOMMENDATIONS - WCAG2 COMPLIANCE
Use a recognised validator to measure compliance with WCAG
PLUS - OUR FALLBACK - FOR MAXIMUM ACCESSIBILITY:
Provide a 'text only' version of the newsletter emailed to every subscriber. Plus on-line access to print and translation services where the end-user may choose their preferred language and print format.
The above strategy allows the library to exceed any of the current DoE Accessibility guidelines.
IGNORE EVERYTHING ELSE - INCLUDING:
1. DoE Templates: The DoE recommended newsletter template does not meet the criteria for what is commonly considered to be a 'newsletter' - is is more in the style of a 'product flyer' (as described in explanatory links above). Is there a persuasive case/evidence that such DoE recommended format/content would engage your clients more than any other accessible format/content?
2. What do you think should be the requirement for DoE branding/logo? Should DoE branding/logo take precedence over the library branding?
If you go to the DoE Public Schools home page
, the generic DoE logo is used - not the 'Public schools' logo:
By ensuring newsletter content is accessible in the ways described above, the library will provide content and choices that allow an optimum experience for ALL subscribers, including:
* subscribers who may be using translation software or users who may only be able to read languages other than English.
* Subscribers with low literacy levels
* Subscribers on mobile or tablet devices
* Content optimised both for delivery by both poor and high speed internet connections.
Content planning toolkit
Using a Microsoft Word document as an accessibility 'content page template'? This is a joke right? https://education.nsw.gov.au/gef/media/documents/Production-template-content-page.docx
Although the DoE corporate Platform
'front end assets' may be powered by a content management system (CMS), Squiz Matrix that complies with government and industry accessibility standards, the content itself does not comply.
Recommended browser - For the best web experience on websites and web applications using GEF we (DoE) recommend using a contemporary up-to-date web browser such as Chrome
, Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Safari... and yet Internet Exporer is the only DoE supported browser for services and systems provided by DoE to NSW schools....