Web site accessibility

Accessibility is not a luxury or an afterthought, it is a byword for good web site design.  It is also the law.  In the UK, web sites now come within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act and took effect from October 2004.

The RNIB have said that they will actively pursue any complaint made against a site failing to comply.

But accessibility is not just about resolving problems for sight impaired people or people with restricted mobility, who maybe cannot use a mouse and rely on good keyboard navigation features to get around a web site, it is also about making visiting your web site a pleasant experience for people without such problems.

All our web sites are designed to adhere to the coding standards of the W3C and to their accessibility guidelines.  Our aim is to achieve compliance with the W3C AAA accessibility guidelines and the American Section 508.

A DRC press briefing after an investigation of 1000 UK web sites said;

“Businesses and organisations that provide a service through the web already have duties under the Disability Discrimination Act.  Their duty is to make reasonable adjustments to avoid less favourable treatment of disabled people who find it difficult to use a service.”

And it went on to say;

“Our findings show that many businesses are not conforming to accessibility guidelines, which means that many service providers are now vulnerable to legal challenge.”

See also the section on PAS 78: Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible web sites.

Does your web site measure up?  Do you want to know?

If you would like us to carry out an accessibility assessment of your web site, fill in the enquiry form and we will get in touch with you.

Accessibility

These pages have been redesigned with accessibility at the fore front of the design concept.

All the pages on this web site have been 'signed'.  By this we mean that each page's html tag has id='oneontheweb-net'.  This enables you, the end-user, to easily encode your own style sheet to style these pages to suit your needs, and have that style applied automatically each time you visit this site.

If you have any problems with access, please email the webmaster.

Because of a lack of standards and possible browser conflicts, the access keys used on this site have been restricted to those given below:

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