Access keys & other navigational aids
This site does not use the
accesskey attribute by default. This is because access keys are known to clash with other assistive technology and can often cause more harm than good. However, the site does have numerous skip navigation links that will let you jump to the site navigation, main content and footer links respectively. These links were built using the skip navigation builder tool which you can also use for the same purpose.
All other navigation is based on unordered lists, each list preceded by a suitable heading. This enables users with assistive tech to jump from navigation block, regardless of the skip navigation links that have been provided.
We don't believe in providing text size widgets here - this site is built using scalable font measurements, so you should not have any issues reading the content at any size. In fact, we're so sure that these kinds of font resizing widgets are a bad idea that we went on a bit of a crusade. Better to teach the user how to use their browser for all web sites rather than force them to set the option for each and every site that uses some variation of font size widget:
In addition to the features above, Accessify also uses ARIA document landmark roles. These
We're open to suggestions about how other sections of this site may benefit from additional ARIA treatment. Just use the contact us at the end of the page to drop us a line.
All pages are built to comply with the following standards (or recommendations):
- HTML 4.01 Strict
- WCAG 1.0 Priority Level 2 (many pages will also pass Level 3)
Previously, the site was built to XHTML standard, but this offered little in the way of benefits (as pages were never served with the correct MIME-type), so it was put back to HTML 4.01 in the 2008 redesign. And why not?
If you discover any problems with this web site, please report the problem and someone will fix it.
All images used on this web site have suitable
alt attributes (or empty
alt attributes if they are used for purely decorative reasons). If you spot some that are not correct, please let us know.
Use of scripts
But if you think we're wrong ...
This is definitely a case where we should be leading by example, so if you think any of the above just doesn't quite work for you, please drop us a line and we'll look into it.