The TTC website was intentionally designed to be accessible to the widest possible audience. It is fully compatible with popular screen reading software and was designed for those who for a variety of reasons may not be able to use a mouse. This website can be navigated using the keyboard on your computer or using other assistive devices.

Customize TTC.ca

There are various things you can do to change the look of this site to make it easier for you to read. You can make the text bigger and change the contrast. This section gives you instructions on how to do this, as well as information about website accessibility in general.

Text size

You can adjust the size of nearly all the text on this website by using the font size setting in your browser. This setting is found in the “View” menu of most browsers and will allow you to increase or decrease the font size. For example, if you're using Internet Explorer 9, look under "Tools" on the menu bar and choose "Text Size." For more information, see our guide to changing text size in your browser.

Skip to content

This feature allows the user to skip over the repeated content at the beginning of each page (such as the heading and navigation) and go straight to the main page content. This is especially useful to those with screen readers because it gives the user a way to avoid listening through lengthy menus every time he or she enters a new page.

To try it, navigate to a new page, then press the Tab key. The "Skip to content" link should be selected. Press the Enter key to activate the link.

Using a keyboard

Most browsers allow you to navigate using the Tab key from link to link. To navigate backwards, use Shift + Tab.

Access Keys are keyboard shortcuts to common pages on a website. TTC.ca does not use Access Keys because evidence suggests that they interfere with the keyboard controls of many browsers and screen readers.

Software you might need

Some documents on this website are available in a PDF format. Adobe Acrobat is needed to open these files. Acrobat is available to download at no charge.

Adobe provides an excellent guide to using PDF documents.

Alternative text

Images on TTC.ca have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text. This means that when an image is used on a web page to convey information its content is also described in the alt text. This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers. If an image is used for simply decorative purposes, the text attribute for the image is left empty in line with accepted best practice.

Colour reliance and image alternatives

The TTC website was created with colour impaired visitors in mind. The site was designed and was tested to conform to minimum contrast requirements for visitors with colour-blindness or other ocular impairments that could prevent them from reading text that does not have sufficient colour contrast with background colours. Colour reliance and contrast requirements on the TTC web site have been designed to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Level AAA standard.

When images are disabled for any reason, the entire site was built to be fully navigable and usable.

The website never relies exclusively on colour or image to convey information.

Scripting languages

The TTC website was created using only standard web technologies. The website requires no special scripting languages or plug-in software to navigate or use. Where JavaScript has been used for enhanced features, those features are hidden when a visitor has JavaScript disabled or does not have the appropriate version.

Tables are used for tabular data only

Tables are not used for layout within the TTC website. Tables are only used to present data or information which is best displayed using columns and rows.