New Liturgy of the Hours Website optimised for Visually Impaired People by DivineOffice.org
Divine Office Catholic Ministry announces today that a new set of web pages is available through the DivineOffice.org website, optimised to be accessed by blind and visually impaired people.
The new accessible website features the same award winning audio production of the Liturgy of the Hours, the universal prayer of the Catholic Church, served in a bare-bones set of pages.
Some time ago, one of our community members contacted us telling that our website was very hard to browse through a Screen Reader software. We immediately reviewed the accessibility guidelines and promptly revised our home page code.
That resulted in the announcement we made some time ago, that a new version of our home page and prayer pages were available. Then, we decided to take this one step forward and created a whole new set of pages that removes all the unnecessary, distracting elements, that should work like a charm with screen reader software such as Apple’s Voice Over (which you can enable it from the System Preferences > Accessibility panel).
When the VoiceOver software loads a webpage, it will start reading through the page, from top to bottom, and will specify if the element you are on is a link or some other form of interactive content.
So we added a link at the very beginning of the page that will read “Please load this Link to access a Screen Reader Optimised Version of This Website”. This way, anyone accessing the website from such a system, will be invited to get to the accessible version of our website as soon as he/she lands on our home page.
We hope this will work for all visually impaired people in our community and would like to invite them to give us their feedback using different screen reader software applications so we can increase the usability of the service further and advance in our mission: to bring more people in prayer, always and everywhere.
You can visit the accessible version of the Liturgy of the Hours at http://divineoffice.wpengine.com/accessible