A. Commitment to Inclusive Design, Accessibility, and Compliance Efforts
Grinning Cat Books cares about all of our customers and we firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to the broadest possible audience, regardless of ability. Accordingly, we are committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of our website, www.grinningcatbooks.com (the "Website"), to help ensure that our Website, services, and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including, but not limited, to users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this goal, Grinning Cat Books has partnered with UserWay, Inc. ("UserWay"), a leading web accessibility technology and service provider used by major brands and design agencies around the world, by implementing their technology to provide an accessibility experience that is in-line with the the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level or better, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as updated), and other best practices as well.
More specifically, we utilize UserWay's technology to provide an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the Website’s user interface and personalize it to their unique needs. This technology utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. Among other things, the technology and application remediates the Website’s HTML, adapts its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
Please be aware that our efforts to improve the accessibility and usability of our Website are ongoing and a continuous work-in-progress. Consequently, while we strive to make our Website as accessible as possible, some pages may at times not always pass online testing or validation tools. With that said, we are consistently working to identify and remediate such issues, and we appreciate your understanding.
If you have specific questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding the accessibility of any particular web page(s) on our Website, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com. And if you do encounter a specific accessibility issue, be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue, and we will make all commercially reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.
B. Screen-reader and Keyboard Navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers can read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements:
Screen-reader optimization: We run a process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others.
Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images. It provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts embedded within the image using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with popular screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack.
Additionally, keyboard users will find content-skip menus available at any time by clicking Alt+2, or as the first element of the site while navigating with the keyboard. The background process also handles triggered popups by moving the keyboard focus towards them as soon as they appear, not allowing the focus to drift outside.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
C. Disability Profiles Supported on our Website
The following profiles are directly supported on our website.
Epilepsy Safe Profile: this profile enables people with epilepsy to safely use the website by eliminating the risk of seizures resulting from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Vision Impaired Profile: this profile adjusts the website so that it is accessible to the majority of visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Profile: this profile provides various assistive features to help users with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Dyslexia, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements more easily.
ADHD Friendly Profile: this profile significantly reduces distractions and noise to help people with ADHD, and Neurodevelopmental disorders browse, read, and focus on the essential elements more easily.
Blind Users Profile (Screen-readers): this profile adjusts the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is installed on the blind user’s computer, and this site is compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
D. Additional UX/UI, Design, and Readability Adjustments
In addition to the preset and customizable profiles above, we provide a number of important adjustments that can be personalized for a more accessible consumer experience.
Font adjustments – Users can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – Users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds with over seven different coloring options.
Animations – Epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – Users can choose to emphasize essential elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – Users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – We utilize a search engine linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functionality – We enable users to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
E. Assistive Technology and Browser Compatibility
We strive to support as many browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS, and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and MAC users.
F. Notes, Comments, and Feedback
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their individual needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Nonetheless, our team is continually working to improve our accessibility experience and tools by adding, updating, improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility following technological advancements.
As noted above, if you have specific questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding the accessibility of any particular web page on our Website, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your feedback and ideas. If you do encounter a specific accessibility issue and contact us, please specify the web page(s) and nature of the issue(s), and we will make commercially reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.
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