Accessibility

I am working very hard to ensure that this web site and subsequent Web sites are fully accessible to all users. If you are experiencing difficulty with my site, please do let me know so that I can take steps to remedy the situation.

Use of style sheets to control presentation.
This web site may be read without its external style sheet.

Use of tables to control layout and presentation.
Tables are not used for layout purposes on this site. Layout is controlled through an external CSS style sheet.

Colour
Colour is never used for conveying information. Each page has been checked in grey scale to ensure that it is readable and understandable.

Scripts
This web site uses java script. The menu at the top of each page is built with java script., but for users with java script. turned off or not supported, there is a text alternative at the bottom of each page. The other java script. in use throughout my site replaces the deprecated target=”_blank” tag. The script opens external links in a new window, but if java script. is disabled or not supported, external links will merely open in the same window.

Access Keys & Tab Order
Access keys have been assigned to the navigation links at the bottom of each page. Although the tab index function is not used, links are organised logically so that visitors may use the tab key to move in order from one link to the next.

Web sites built by Web Design for Schools

New Web sites are built with accessibility in mind and are based on the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). This means that you can be assured that your web site can be used by as a wide a range of visitors as possible, including those with little or no sight and / or poor motor control (which makes the use of a mouse extremely difficult). Your web site will conform to at least Section 508 and WCAG Priority 1, 2 and 3 guidelines where possible. These guidelines can be found at http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/

  • Conformance Level “A” : all Priority 1 checkpoints are satisfied;
  • Conformance Level “Double-A” : all Priority 1 and 2 checkpoints are satisfied;
  • Conformance Level “Triple-A” : all Priority 1, 2, and 3 checkpoints are satisfied;

Web Design for Schools, Diocesan & Payne Smith C.E. (Aided) Primary School, Joydens Wood Junior School and Cynon Valley PALS (Play And Leisure Services) have all passed  automated verification tests by Watchfire WebXACT and HiSoftware for Section 508 and WCAG Priority 1 to 3 guidelines. These sites are all Triple-A compliant.

Useful links to understand more about accessibility:

  • The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) The WAI is affiliated with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WAI published the first version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) in 1999 which are accepted as the definitive set of international guidelines used for building accessible Web sites All other guidelines and standards are derived from these.
  • Section 508 Checklist by WebAIM
  • Web Accessibility and UK Law: Telling It Like It Is by Trenton Moss
  • European Union Places Full Internet Access High on its Agenda by Andrew Freeway
  • UK Law Summary: The legal case for accessible Web sites