Accessibility Statement

We are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please make contact, as we are continually striving to improve the experience for all of our visitors.

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site should validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  2. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 tags for subtitles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3. Opera users can skip sections by using "S" and "W" to cycle forwards and backwards respectively through headings.

Structural Markup

Web pages on www.daventrydolphins.co.uk have up to 5 different areas:

  1. A header bar
  2. A left hand "side bar" that includes the main navigation
  3. A right hand "side bar" that includes external links
  4. A main content area
  5. A footer

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 or 5 areas are read in the above order.

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

Note: Internet Explorer requires you to press ALT + an access key + Enter to access linked documents.

All pages on this site define the following access keys which are based on the UK Government guidelines:

Navigation aids

  1. All pages have rel=previous, next, up, and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers.

Images

  1. Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
  2. Content should be usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled).

Links

  1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  2. The first link in every document is a "SkipNav"; it is to skip directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content). We have implemented this feature in a way that it allows Internet Explorer users to tab through (past that target link).

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout Valid CCS2
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  4. This site has been checked in the Lynx text only browser:

Testing

This site has been tested with the following browsers and versions

  1. Internet Explorer V6, V7, V8
  2. Mozilla Firefox V2.0, V3.0.3, V3.0.15
  3. Opera V9.25, V9.62
  4. Safari V3.0, V3.1.2
  5. Google Chrome V23

Accessibility references

  1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
  4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. Easy Web Browsing, a solution that can help those with limited vision or eye fatigue.
  3. Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  4. Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  5. Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility services

  1. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  2. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  3. Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

Related resources

  1. WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.
  2. Designing More Usable Web Sites, a large list of additional resources.

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