In Sweden, there is a law that says all websites of public sector bodies, such as healthcare services, must be available to everyone. This means that everyone should be able to visit websites, including people with disabilities who may need to use various aids in order to access the content. The law is called the Act on Accessibility to Digital Public Services.
The Anaesthesia Web aims to be a website open and accessible to all. Our goal is for as many people as possible to be able to use the website. To ensure that the Anaesthesia Web meets the requirements of the Act on Accessibility to Digital Public Services, the entire website has been checked in accordance with guidelines for accessibility adaptation (WCAG 2.1.) These guidelines are available at different levels and the Anaesthesia Web strives to achieve the so-called AA level.
Web accessibility testing has been carried out by the Anaesthesia Web’s developers as well as in collaboration with the organization Funka.
The latest assessment of the Anaesthesia Web’s accessibility was made on March 1, 2021.
Here you can read more about how the Anaesthesia Web complies with the Act on Accessibility to Digital Public Services and the parts of the website that are not fully accessible.
Lack of Accessibility of the Anaesthesia Web
The Anaesthesia Web is divided into two parts where one is aimed at children and adolescents and the other focuses on adults. The Anaesthesia Web aimed for adults consists of text and image-based information whereas the part for children and young people is more playful and interactive.
All content aimed at children and young people on the website is designed with a pedagogical perspective in order to stimulate children’s learning through exploratory play and creativity, recognition and feedback of what has been learned. This way of conveying information to children and young people may be perceived as unstructured but is well founded in both pedagogical and medical research on children’s learning on the web.
Outdated Web Browsers
For text and images to look good, differences in colour (such as dark text against a light background) is required. This is called contrast. The Anaesthesia Web’s content is primarily aimed at children and adolescents, thus different colours are used to create a pleasing appearance. Therefore, the following sections of the Anaesthesia Web do not meet the requirements for accessibility regarding contrast:
- Buttons and other controls with translucent backgrounds. Depending on the base colour of the page, insufficient contrast may occur when using these parts.
- Some headings in the Anaesthesia Web’s page header.
- Thumbnails (cover images) where texts and headlines are placed on images.
- White headline text on coloured balloons in “Questions and Answers” and associated subpages where headlines have a slight contrast towards the background.
People who are unable to use a mouse can sometimes navigate using a keyboard. The following list covers the areas of the Anaesthesia Web that are not fully accessible and might affect visitors who navigate using a keyboard:
- The tab and keyboard shortcuts might work differently on the Anaesthesia Web depending on what web browser you are using.
- Navigation using arrow keys may not work in certain web browsers.
- Some of the games on the Anaesthesia Web are based on pre-purchased game modules. As some of these games are controlled and entered using a mouse or touch function, they cannot be used with keyboard control.
- Some parts of the website, such as the YouTube player and the SoundCloud player, may have a vague focus mark when you move using the keyboard.
- The “Word Search” game is a mouse- and touch-based game that requires a so-called drag-and-drop function, which may be difficult to handle for visitors with motor impairments. Also, the box with letters has no tab option and can therefore not be accessed via the keyboard.
- The crossword puzzles’ playing fields and questions lack tab options as well as focus and can therefore not be reached via keyboard control.
- “Paint and Play” is a drawing and painting application that is completely mouse- or touch based. “Paint and Play” can therefore not be used with a keyboard.
- The Anaesthesia Web’s podcast uses an embedded audio player from SoundCloud. Depending on your browser, it may be difficult to play or pause using the keyboard.
In several areas of the Anaesthesia Web, animations (moving images) are used to improve user experience. These can easily be turned off or on under the heading settings. The following list covers the areas of the Anaesthesia Web that affect moving images:
- If you have chosen to reduce motion in your own operating system, movements are turned off automatically. Some moving images cannot be turned off despite such a selection. However, these movements are very slow with less than 3 iterations per second.
- Some areas of the Anaesthesia Web have arrow buttons or dots that can be used to scroll content sideways. The contents are swiped to the right and left with a motion that cannot be turned off. However, the movement does not happen automatically but only when you press the buttons or dots.
Visual Interpretation and Subtitles
Some videos on the Anaesthesia Web are only available in Swedish but all videos have Swedish as well as English subtitles. Visual interpretation is offered in some Swedish videos but is lacking in English.
If You Have Comments on the Accessibility of the Anaesthesia Web
Contact us by ">email if you discover further areas of the Anaesthesia Web that are not fully accessible. We will do what we can to fix the problems so that you can enjoy our website.