In creating this website we have followed the principles of inclusive web design as outlined on Shape’s website.
- All pages conform at a minimum to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
- The majority of Level AA and Level AAA requirements are also met. We strive to obey the spirit of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995 with respect to the provision of services online
Structured, semantic markup: Headings and navigation menus
- HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on.
- Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.
- Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
- Content should be usable/accessible with images “off” (disabled).
Links & Linking
- Text has been written to make sense out of context.
- Where appropriate, links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail.
- We have checked the site’s font and background colour combinations against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear. If you wish to override the site’s colours, you can select a text only option.
- All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labelled.
- Forms on this site can be accessed through an access key.
- You may change the font size to your preference either using the Site Tools menu provided, or through your browser.
- In Internet Explorer, select View, then Text Size, and then your preferred size.
- In Firefox select View, then Zoom, then Zoom In.
- In Safari select View, then Zoom In.
- This site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual layout. If your browser does not support stylesheets, the use of structured semantic markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.
- If you wish, you may import your own stylesheet into this website:
- In Internet Explorer select Tools, then Internet Options, and then Accessibility. Click on any or all of the three checkboxes to ignore colours, font styles or font sizes. In the same window you can change your style sheet by clicking the checkbox ‘format document using my style sheet’ then simply browse to your style sheet and click OK.
- This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
- This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers.
- If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
- Any information conveyed through the use of colour is also available without colour (i.e. text based).