We understand the importance of web accessibility, and have designed and developed this website according to both recommended guidelines and best practice standards.
This website complies with W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Briefly explained, these guidelines are broken down into 14 checkpoints, which are then sub-divided into three levels of priority. Priority 1, where all checkpoints must be satisfied. Priority 2, where all checkpoints should be satisfied. Priority 3, where all checkpoints may be satisfied. The accessibility of any website is typically explained by it's compliance to these checkpoints. Level 'A' means all Priority 1 checkpoints have been satisfied. Level 'AA' means all Priority 2 checkpoints have been satisfied. Level 'AAA' means all Priority 3 checkpoints have been satisfied.
With this in mind, we have designed and developed this website to a minimum of level 'A' compliance and a vast majority of level 'AA' compliance. For full details of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, click here.
We have included the use of Access Keys to allow users to easily navigate this website using only a keyboard. We have used the recommended UK Government access keys standard where possible, which is based on the widely adopted numbers system.
Access Keys for this website
0 - Accessibility (This Page)
How to Use Access Keys
Text Language and Style
We have used plain language, which is easy to understand and avoids jargon. Any large sections of text have been broken into manageable chunks, eg. paragraphs, to make them easier to comprehend. Text is presented at an easy to read size by default, and is spaced to maximise legibility. All links are clearly marked using distinctive styles.
Use of Images
We have ensured that all images on this website have alternative text elements, commonly referred to as alt text or alt tags. This allows text based browsers and other accessibility technology including screen readers to clearly identify and describe what the image conveys to users.
So as not to overwhelm users, we have not applied alt text to superfluous or purely decorative imagery, but rather kept the alt text to only sensible elements on a given page.
We have made an effort to ensure live text or accessible text technologies are used instead of graphics wherever possible on this website. This allows both more control over text sizes by the user, and increases page download time allowing users quicker access to the website.
We have optimised all images across the website to ensure they download as quickly as possible, whilst retaining good visual quality.
Rich Media Content
This website makes use of a variety of rich media content, including video and animation. We have ensured all rich media elements have alternative static imagery, accompanied by alternative text elements describing clearly what is being conveyed. In addition, all video elements on the website are accompanied by captions explaining what is being depicted.
Web Browser Compatibility
We have tested this website to ensure its full compatibility with the following specific web browsers on both PC and Mac platforms: Internet Explorer 6.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and above, Safari 1.0 and above. We would expect full or close to full compliance with all other web browsers.
We've aimed to make this website accessible and comply with the W3C guidelines wherever possible. It's been fully tested and we're really happy with it, but we'd love to know what you think! If you want to give us feedback on the site from an accessibility perspective, or any other perspective for that matter, please feel free to get in touch.
Below are some links which we feel are really useful with regards to accessibility, guidelines and accessible technologies.
W3C Web Content Accessiblity Guidelines
The Web Standards Project
UK Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
International Government Web Accessibility Guidelines
Screen Reader Software
Speech Recognition Technology