Accessibility StatementUpdated Wednesday 26 01 2008
SACB & LSW-Web Design believe strongly that the internet is for everyone, regardless of disabilities, illnesses, habits, preferences or equipment. It is our wish with this statement to explain some of the things we have done to improve the use of this web site. If you the viewer discover you have any problems with using this site, please contact us so we can correct this for future viewers.
The most important point in Accessibility is making a web site flexible enough that a user has many ways to modify it in a way to make its use by the visitor easier. For this reason our new site is now CSS based. The use of external CSS allows you to override our current style to change colors or text sizes as you prefer. Also some browsers like Opera allow you to switch to other page styles the browser already has installed.
This site was built to meet the Guidelines set forth by the W3C in their 66 point WCAG 1.0, also Section 508 of the ADA. The following points are some of the actions we have taken to improve the use of this site:
- Text sizes are set to be flexible, you can enlarge/reduce them if you feel the size is to small/large by going to your browsers menu bar and choosing View/Text Sizes (the actual wording will very between browsers). If you do suffer from poor eyesight, I would suggest you download Opera, Opera is currently the only browser available that allows you to not just enlarge text, but using the Zoom tool in the menu it will enlarge all images as well making the entire site larger.
- Although you see the actual menu towards the top and left of the site, within the actual source code of the site the Menu is at the bottom of the code. This has two advantages.
- When users of text based browsers, most commonly blind users using text based screen readers (these are software that reads the content of a site over a pair of speakers) visit traditional sites where the menu is first, they must sit through the entire list on every page. With this style of designing, visually impaired users will immediately have access to the content, and only the menu when the content if finished.
- Search Engines are blind. They do not care what a site looks like, only if it makes sense and is well laid out. Accessible web sites that are optimized for visually impaired users are therefore optimized for search engines as well. We offer the search engines content for them to index rather than links.
- A skip link has been added to the very top left corner of the site. This allows the user to skip the content and go straight to the menu. As mentioned above, what if a text user comes to the site and is not interested in the home page as they are a return user, they can skip immediately to the menu and choose the page they really wish.
- Images all include so called Alternative text, this is text that represents the images when they are not available, such as in text browsers or when images are turned off. Images are without text when that image is strictly for “eyecandy” and does not hold important info.
Once again, if you have any problems viewing or using this site please feel ree to suggest any changes or improvements. Thank You.
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