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Yes. The Virgin Australia website has been tested successfully using some of the most popular screen reader software programs available.
We test our webpages in the browsers most commonly used by our users. The current release for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines is version 2.0.
Explaining content and images
Our editors strive to attach descriptions to every image, to briefly describe the image should a screen reader need to be used, or if images have been turned off. When content is visually grouped together, or uses icons or other images, we try to insert additional text to explain the content or images to screen readers.
Listing headings and links
All of our online content is structured with meaningful headings and HTML code; and as a general rule, the most important content can be found at the beginning of the webpage. This allows screen readers to create lists of headings or links to skim the page, and also helps assistive devices to understand and process the content.
Yes. View Wikipedia’s list of popular screen readers.
You can enlarge and decrease the size of a page and its contents by using your keyboard. On a PC, press 'CTRL' and '+' together to zoom in, and 'CTRL' and '–' together to zoom out. On a Mac, press 'command' and '+' together to zoom in, and 'command' and '–' together to zoom out.
Yes. The Virgin Australia website is accessible using only the keys of a keyboard, without the assistance of a mouse. Some combinations of operating systems and browsers are more suitable for keyboard users than others.
Navigation tips for keyboard users
Once a Virgin Australia webpage has loaded, press the ‘Tab’ key to view ‘skip links’ to our main navigation and content area. Clickable elements are outlined upon pressing ‘Tab’.
We do not define access keys, as assistive devices already define many key combinations, and we do not wish to interfere with such key combinations.
- Windows®/Internet Explorer®:
To select an option from the drop-down box on screen (i.e. such as feedback or information request forms) use the ‘Alt’ key in combination with the up or down arrow keys to highlight the desired option, and press the ‘Enter’ key to select the appropriate option.
To navigate through screens containing radio buttons, use the ‘Tab’ key to jump from field to field, to input the appropriate information. Once the relevant fields are completed and/or radio buttons are selected, press the ‘Enter’ key to submit the information.
Some components of our webpages are interactive, for example tabs or content that changes dynamically. Where these elements appear, we attempt to provide a pause or stop control, so that you can view such content in your own time.
While we endeavour to implement outstanding standards across the Virgin Australia website, we are aware that our accessibility features on some webpages require improvement (I.e. Where video or audio content appears.) In these instances, we are actively seeking viable accessibility options or working with third parties to comply with WCAG.
Our policy requires all third party software developers (who assist to build and maintain our digital network) to comply with WCAG to at least conformance level A. Exceptions to this policy can only occur where compliance with this standard causes Virgin Australia or the developer unjustifiable hardship.
We are constantly working to review our digital network and, wherever practical, will continue to improve the accessibility of our online content.
If you are having trouble accessing a particular Virgin Australia webpage, or encounter inaccessible documents, please let us know using a method below so we can look to rectify the problem. If you would like to lodge a complaint you may also contact us via a method listed below.
Please specify the nature of your complaint; including the location of the page you are having trouble accessing.
We take all feedback seriously, and promptly investigate and respond to all genuine complaints.
Head of Customer Relations
PO Box1034, Spring Hill, QLD, 4004.
Note: This policy is current as at December 2013.