Unfortunately, accessibility is one of those things that most people don’t bother to think about on the web. We design for the rich, the young, the able-bodied; we make many assumptions about our users and quite often these assumptions are based on our own relatively narrow view of the world. At our best, we hit basic compliance, at our worst, we actively decide to go against guidelines in favour of some design-centric decision.
The W3c states:
The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability.
With this in mind, we have taken the responsibility of making our website as accessible as possible by considering the following:
Keyboard shortcuts exist to enable you to visit our top-level pages as well as important subpages. You can access the following pages with the following key combinations.
Mac: CTRL+ALT+access key
PC: ALT+access key
A screen reader is simply a piece of computer software which translates webpage text to spoken words in any language you choose, designed for users with visual impairment. Basic requirements such as alternative text (ALT) attributes on images and titles on links help poorly sighted users to navigate the website, describing to them pictorial content they cannot see and signposting links.
When responsive design first appeared in 2010, it fundamentally changed how we build websites. Smartphones were just emerging as a viable method for accessing web content, and at that time having a dedicated mobile website was the way it was done. Not any more. We now build our websites to adapt to a number of different screen sizes, ensuring that the content displays optimally regardless of the device it is being viewed on.