Accessibility

We are keen supporters of the Web Accessibility Initiative and strive to use best coding practices, utilising valid XHTML and CSS to structure and style our sites respectively.

The Accessible Guide to Accessibility

What does it all mean? Well, unfortunately it's become a bit of a buzz-word thanks to the Disability and Discrimination Act 1995 coming into full effect for the Internet late in 2004. Some people are understandably worried they might be 'named and shamed' or even fined under this act for having an inaccessible website. Fair enough - there's a (very) slim chance that action could be taken if you refuse to take reasonable steps to open your service to disabled users. But accessibility is much more than just staying on the right side of the law...

It's a basic tenet of the Internet that everyone should be able to use it. The Internet itself is unique in how it transcends physical and cultural boundaries, but what use is that if you exclude a sizeable minority through ignorance or laziness?

Using standards-compliant building blocks like XHTML and CSS not only goes a long way (if not, all the way) towards making your site accessible for those with disabilities, it also makes sure your site is more readily accessible on other platforms like PDA and WAP. Not only that, but your site is more accessible to search engines too.

Good Design is Accessible

Accessibility, like usability, is an integral part of the design phase of any website, not something you can bolt on later to keep activists happy. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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