Access to Travel (ATT) has been designed
with a view to making information accessible to all users, especially persons with
disabilities who use adaptive technologies to receive and disseminate information.
This Web site was designed to, and tested at, the following standards:
W3C Priority level 3.
We encourage accessible Internet site development and maintenance. We invite
your comments and suggestions for improvement to the accessibility of this site
or you can contact us directly.
ATT has strived to maintain a balance between accessible design best practices that
cater to persons with various disabilities. In trying to make the site accessible
to all, you may encounter an issue that seems redundant, but in fact is necessary
for a person with a different disability. For example, visitors using screen readers
or text only browsers will encounter multiple links to the same section of the Web
site on the same page. One of those links is in fact an icon, which is required
to increase accessibility for users with a cognitive disability or hearing loss.
The following three Access Keys have been enabled mainly for use with Screen Readers
- Access Key M
- Brings you to the start of the top menu bar, which is common
to all Government of Canada Web sites (tab once to go to the French Language button,
tab twice to go to the "Contact Us" button, etc…).
- Access Key 1
- Skips the top menu bar and brings you to the menu that is
specific to the page you are currently on.
- Access Key 2
- Skips all menus and takes you directly to the content of the
Please note that the Access Keys work differently between browsers. As well, which
keys are used depends on the platform. For example, Internet Explorer uses "ALT"
M, since "ALT" is a Microsoft standard for Access Keys. Another platform
may use a different key altogether.
ATT has incorporated functionality that allows you, the visitor, to increase the
text size and overall layout of ATT to fit within an 800 X 600 screen size resolution.
This option is found in the top right-hand corner of the content area. Once this
option has been chosen, you will continue to navigate within the 800 X 600 screen
resolution for the duration of your visit with ATT. Bookmarking a page while in
the 800 X 600 screen resolution will not save your preference unless you see "incr=yes"
in the address bar. Each new visit to the site may require you to choose this option.
If you have chosen the How to Increase Text Size option, but still require the text size
to become larger, you can consult the "View" menu, which is typically
a part of most browsers and systems. In this menu, there is usually a "text
size" option that can be used to either increase or decrease the text.
Tired of not being able to print what you want without losing some of the information
in the process? ATT has introduced a "Printer Friendly" link (found at
the bottom of each page within the footer) which, in simplest terms, displays only
the content along with ATT contact information as a header.
Removing the navigation elements of the page allows you to quickly obtain and print
relevant information while still maintaining the highest degree of contrast between
colours. When selecting "Printer Friendly" while viewing with the "Increase
Text Size" option the larger text size will be printed without losing any of
the information. This concept is called "What You See Is What Will Print"
If you choose "Printer Friendly" you will be given the option of displaying
the information in a new window (by clicking "OK"), or you can choose
"Cancel" and the "Printer Friendly" page will be displayed in
the current window. If you do choose cancel, you will be required to click on the
"Back" button of your browser to return to the site.
ATT has taken great care to ensure that the forms are as accessible as possible
and conform to W3C Priority
Level 3 accessibility guidelines. As Web development languages do not allow Web
developers to create a direct link between a form label (e.g. Name of City) and
the text box, drop down menu, radio button or other form field (form control) that
the user is required to complete, we have taken great care to ensure that labels
are lined up side-by-side with the form fields that need to be completed. Also,
some browsers will cause an error message or freezing of the application if a user
leaves a form field blank. Therefore, to avoid this potential problem, ATT has included
a dash as a default place-holding character in all text form fields.
Most Web sites have external links open in a separate browser window so that the
user can keep the Web site page open while browsing an external site. However, opening
separate browser windows decreases the accessibility of the site. Therefore, all
external links from ATT open in the same browser window. To get back to ATT, use
the "Back" key in your browser.