Canadian Association of African Studies is committed to ensuring that its website is accessible to everyone. If you are having any problems using it, or if you have any comments or questions, please get in touch by email using the details on our contact page.

Accessibility features


We have provided consistent global navigation links and each page has a breadcrumb trail of navigation leading back to the homepage. All pages on the site contain a search box. There is also a ‘skip to content’ link on every page which allows users of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to navigate directly to the main content.

Markup and headings

This website has been built to modern web standards using valid HTML5 and CSS. We have used headings in a logical order to help assistive technology users browse the page content.

Screen reader users

Modern screen readers use a common set of commands allowing you to navigate through a page using the headings:

  • h – cycle through the headings
  • Shift + h – cycle backwards through the headings
  • 1 – 6 – move to the next heading of the same level (for example, 1 will move you to the next level 1 heading, 2 will move you to the next level 2 heading)
  • Shift + 1 – 6 – as above but moving through each heading backwards
  • Insert + F6 – provide a list of all headings on a page.

Opera users

If you are browsing the site using Opera you can cycle through the headings using these commands:

  • s – cycle through the headings
  • w – cycle backwards through the headings.

Browser support

Canadian Association of African Studies supports the A-grade browsers as recommended by the Browser Test Baseline. This means that visitors using these browsers should receive a consistent, usable experience. We are still in the process of testing against this baseline, so you may experience some inconsistencies until testing has been completed.

Accessibility barriers

The majority of our content is provided as web pages, but in some cases legacy content is provided in proprietary formats such as Microsoft Word, and these may not be accessible to everyone. We are aware that this can cause accessibility issues for some users, and in future this content will be provided in a more accessible format. We will also be working towards reformatting our legacy content where possible.

Accessibility standards

Canadian Association of African Studies supports the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We have recently launched our new website and accessibility testing is still in progress. When it has been completed this page will be updated with information about what level we have met.

Other resources

The information on this page is specific to our website. If you would like more information or help with web accessibility, we recommend the BBC’s My Web, My Way website.