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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility is an important consideration when designing Web pages. Accessible pages allow for larger audience participation, improve usability for all, permit device independence (eg. being able to navigate with the keyboard as well as the mouse), as well as improving search engine ranking. There are three groups of people who benefit from accessible Web sites: (a) disabled persons (whether visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning impaired or physically challenged), (b) users of wireless handheld devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and digital Web-enabled telephones, and (c) persons on low-bandwidth internet connections.

This accessibility statement relates to the Garden Plan of Hale Barns website, and briefly describes the special considerations that have been made with regard to accessibility, and which standards are complied with. This website has been developed by Blue Stone Computer Services. All of the pages and graphics are optimised for fast downloading. If you have any questions or comments about this statement or the content on this site, please contact Blue Stone.

Access Keys

Access keys function exactly like hot keys in any Microsoft application. Where a link may be followed with an accesskey, the relevant letter of the link title is underlined. Access keys are intended as an accessibility aid for vision impaired users to follow a link directly, and to provide an alternative method of navigation (instead of using a mouse or other pointing device). Internet Explorer (IE) has supported access keys since version 4, Netscape since version 6. The Tab key may also be used to skip through all the links in turn. Older browsers do not support accesskey functions, but this will not affect the visual delivery of content.

To use the access keys on the Garden Plan website (instead of pointing and clicking with a mouse), Windows users can navigate with the access key feature by pressing and holding down the ALT key while pressing the access key followed by Return. Using a Mac, you will need to press and hold down the CTRL key while pressing the access key (not COMMAND + access key, which can produce undesirable effects). Please type ALT (or CTRL for the Mac) and:
1 = Garden Plan homepage.
2 = Bypass the navigation and go to the main content of your current page.
5 = Garden Plan Information page.
9 = Contact Garden Plan.
0 = This Accessibility Statement.
A = Project A page.
B = Project B page.
C = Project C page.
D = Project D page.
T = Themes page.
R = Drainage page.
S = Abstract page.
M = Panoramas page.
G = Gallery page.
N = Next page in a set.
P = Previous page in a set.

Note that on the image display pages, each small (thumbnail) image may be accessed by pressing the Tab key repeatedly. Once a small image has been highlighted, it may be enlarged by pressing the Return key. To remove the enlarged image, press the Esc key.

Standards Compliance

This site meets all the coding criteria for compliance with the Transitional version 1.0 of XHTML. It has been ensured that all web pages conform to the W3C definition of XHTML 1.0 by running the W3C HTML Validator and HTML Tidy on each.

Also, the two Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) that this website uses conform to version 2.1 of the W3C standard for CSS, and have been validated with the W3C CSS Validator.

Accessible Web Design

Internet accessibility for all

This site has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web-users in the community. Also, the Disability Discrimination Act has applied to website pages since 1999, and requires that websites are accessible to blind and disabled users. Web accessibility is about making a website accessible to all Internet users (both disabled and non-disabled), regardless of which browser they're using.

Web Accessibility Initiative Conformance to W3C AA

Blue Stone strives to maintain conformance to the guidelines expressed by the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI). The public pages on the Garden Plan website meet the criteria for AA compliance (ie. conforming to all the W3C WAI Priority 1 and 2 accessibility checkpoints), and have been checked using the Wave Accessibility Tool from WebAim and the Site Valet Accessibility Validator.

Increasing the Text Size

All text sizes on this website have been defined in relative terms (in accordance with the relevant W3C checkpoint). In Internet Explorer go to View > Text size and select Larger or Largest. In Netscape go to View > Increase Font Size. You could also try changing the screen resolution.

Javascript

This website uses some embedded Javascript code. The relevant W3C checkpoint states that if a website uses embedded scripts, it shall be ensured that pages are usable when the scripts are turned off or not supported.

This website uses some embedded Javascript code to achieve a "button rollover" effect for the main navigational links (top and left). This effect responds to movement of the mouse, and also by the use of the Tab key or Access Keys as described above.

This website also uses some embedded Javascript code to enlarge the small (thumbnail) images (Image Display Onclick). If Javascript isn't available, or is disabled, the larger images will just display in the current browser window, following which the Back key may be used to return to the previous window.

Alternative Text

An alternative text equivalent is provided for all images and navigational links on this website, in accordance with the relevant W3C checkpoint. The text equivalent is normally hidden in the HTML code, but is displayed (or automatically read aloud by a speech synthesizer) when the non-text element cannot be processed.

Tables

The HTML table function is used for implementing the basic layout of all pages on this website. The relevant W3C checkpoint for a table used for layout purposes, is that it should make sense when linearized (ie. when read by a user agent in the order that it is defined). All layout tables on this website follow the guideline.


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