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Accessibility

This is the official accessibility statement for The Eddystone Trust. It is our policy to make our site as “accessible” as possible to all users, including those with visual impairments. Our website has been designed with a number of accessibility features that follow key guidelines laid out by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The following lists the specifics of our Accessibility Policy. (If you have any questions or comments, please email us at info@eddystone.org.uk)

  • Access Keys
  • Standards Compliance (our validation)
  • Alternative Text
  • Links
  • Enlarging Site Content
  • Overriding Layout and Colour Information
  • Supporting Assistive Technologies (such as screen readers)

Access keys
Access keys can be used on this site to skip directly to the important content from any page. The following UK government standard access keys are in place throughout this site:

  • 0 – Accessibility Policy and Keys (this page)
  • 1 – Home Page
  • 2 – What’s new
  • 3 – Site map
  • 4 – Search
  • 8 – Terms and conditions
  • 9 – Contact Us
  • S – Skip navigation – jumps focus directly to the start of the actual page content within the existing page

The following access keys are also in place throughout this site:

  • C – Copyright page
  • L – Links page
  • P – Privacy Policy page

Access keys work differently in different browsers. To use these access keys, we’ve included instructions for the most popular Internet browser software:

Microsoft Internet Explorer(PC)

Hold down ALT and press the letter or number you require, release, then press the ENTER key

Firefox(PC)

Hold down ALT and SHIFT and press the Access Key you require

Netscape(PC)

Hold down ALT and press the Access Key you require

Opera(PC and Mac)

Hold down SHIFT and press ESC, release both buttons and press the Access Key you require

Firefox, Safari & Netscape(Mac)

Hold down the CTRL key and press the Access Key you require


Standards Compliance
Compliance with web page standards for HMTL, CSS, and Accessibility is a combination of passing the “tests” set by the compliance organizations, and using our own judgement to manually inspect our design and code to see if it meets compliance standards. We’ve done our best and our pages pass the following tests.

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) AA – priority 1 & 2 guidelines
  • Validation as W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional Document Type in English
  • W3C CSS (stylesheet) Validation

Alternative Text
Images used to convey information on our website have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text, which describes the content of the image within the alt text. This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers.


Links
When applicable, every link features a title attribute with a description of the link’s purpose. Links, when possible, are highlighted in such a way as to make sense, often incorporating a phrase. Links which open a new window state that they are an external link in the title attribute, as a warning that a new window will open when clicked.


Enlarging Site Content
Most browsers include controls to make the text or entire site larger making it easier to read for visually impaired users. Below is a list of browsers supported by this site and how to enlarge the site content in each:

The following browsers enlarge the entire site content:

  • Internet Explorer (PC) – Hold down the CTRL key and use the + and – keys on the numeric keypad to zoom the entire site content in and out.
  • Opera(PC and Mac) – Hold down SHIFT and use the + and – keys on the numeric keypad to zoom the entire site content in and out.

The following browsers only enlarge text based content:

  • Firefox & Netscape(PC) – Hold down the CTRL key and use the + and – keys on the numeric keypad to enlarge or decrease any text based content.
  • Firefox, Safari & Netscape(Mac) – Hold down the APPLE key and use the + and – keys on the numeric keypad to enlarge or decrease any text based content.

Overriding Layout and Colour Information
The layout, colours and any decorative graphical elements used in this site are controlled by stylesheets. By controlling the content in this way users can disable the style sheets to view the basic site content. All content is designed to work and display in a useable way when style sheets are disabled, defaulting the text content to black on a white background.

Most browsers allow users to apply there own custom settings and/or style sheets to pages. All pages in this site work with custom stylesheets. For more information on applying your own stylesheets please refer to your browsers help files.


Supporting Assistive Technologies (such as screen readers)
We have put a lot of thought into the structure of the pages on this site to make them easily readable by common screen readers such as Jaws and WindowEyes. Measures implemented in this site include; written descriptions for all images, page text hierarchy correctly marked up, all menus included as lists, tables are not used for layout purposes, all form elements are labeled and all text links make sense when taken out of context.


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