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Accessibility and this site

Conformance to w3c/wai guidelines

To ensure that this site is genuinely accessible to all, I have undertaken the following tasks:

  • This site is built according to w3c standards and specifications and validates as XHTML 1.0 strict
  • Visual presentation is completely separate from content and style sheets validate to w3c standards for CSS
  • This site will degrade gracefully in older less capable browsers and devises - sorry if it doesn't look that great for you!
  • I have added access keys and other useful accessibility features like the ability to skip the navigation
  • I have avoided the use of javascript, unless it's function has no bearing on accessibility
  • This site does not use tables for page layout
  • Forms have been coded in simple order and I have used labels and grouping go give added meaning
  • There is no multimedia or sound on the site, so those with a loss of auditory capability should have no problems
  • I have generally used black text on a white background so colour blind individuals should have no difficulty
  • I have used simple English language for the site

Access keys

I have extensively used access keys to aid navigation, for those preferring or needing to use a keyboard. Where possible I have followed the UK government guidelines in an attempt to keep things consistent and familiar, and I have also added visual indicators to the access keys which you will see underlined in all the main navigation elements:

  • Skip navigation = s
  • Home Page = 1
  • About me = b
  • Training = t
  • Projects = p
  • Imaging = i
  • Working with me = w
  • My CV = v
  • Contact me = 9
  • Book a course = k
  • Access Keys Page = 0
  • Site Map = 3
  • Terms and conditions = 8
  • Copyright = y
  • Using my site = 6

How to use Access Keys

This depends on your operating system and the type and version of your browser, here are some common ones:

For a PC running Windows and using Internet Explorer version 5 or better:
Press and hold the ALT key, press the Access Key and then press ENTER.

For a PC running Windows but using Internet Explorer version 4 browsers
Press and hold the ALT key, press the Access Key of your choice.

For a PC running Windows and using Netscape v6+ or Mozilla (firefox):
Press and hold the ALT key, then press the Access Key of your choice.

For a Mac computer using Internet Explorer version 5 or better
Press and hold Control and then press the Access Key.

Please note, as browsers get better, support of Access Keys will get better and may even standardise. However, they are currently not supported by Opera or earlier versions of the above web browsers, and access key support can be a little flaky.

If this site looks strange

As mentioned above, this site degrades gracefully in older browsers and technology, which means that it may not look that great for some people using older browsers or non graphical devises. However, you will still find my site works and you will still be able to use it quite successfully.

If you have no requirement for assistive technologies, then this site looks it's best when viewed with a modern standards compliant browser, and I recommend the use of Firefox. You might also like to consider Opera 6 and above, Safari (mac only) or IE 6 and above.