Accessibility Menu

Several common access keys have been implemented - more details



Accessibility: Navigation

To aid navigation for visitors who make use of accessibility features, the site uses several of the commonly defined numeric access keys as described below

Universal Access Symbol (man in circle) and W3C triple-A conformance Icon

S – Skip navigation
1 – News
2 – News
3 – Site Map
4 – Search
5 – not used
6 – About Website
7 – not used
8 – not used
9 – not used
0 – About Website

These links are available in the footer for every page.

After reviewing advice from the RNIB, the site is limited to only using these access keys.

Care has been taken to improve the accessibility of the site, for example by visitors using screen readers. However, this is my first attempt to develop an accessible site, so I would welcome any response to suggest improvements: email webmaster.


Accessibility: Font Size

Font size icon (three A's of different size)

This site has been designed with browser-defined font-magnification in mind. Fonts can be made larger or smaller in most browsers via the ‘View’ menu, ‘font size’. Some browsers also have shortcuts, such as holding down <Ctrl> and pressing the “+” or “-” keys.

Although the site has been tested with a variety of browser-defined font sizes, please bear in mind that significant magnification may result in some cosmetic issues with the site.


Supported Browsers

Collection of browser logos

This site has been designed to be fully compliant with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) internet standards and as such is best viewed on a web browser with good support for these standards. The site will not display properly on Internet Explorer 5, and has some cosmetic issues on both Internet Explorer 6 and 7 due to their poor compliance with internet standards.

For best results, please view this page with standard-compliant browsers such as Firefox 2 or 3, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8 .


What is an RSS feed?

In the past, if you wanted to find the latest information going on at a website, you would have to visit the site. This could mean wasted browsing if there are no updates, or that you could miss something important if you left it too long between visits. RSS changes this.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to subscribe to a site so that the latest news and information is available to you as soon as you start up your software.

Feed icon

Many different programs support RSS feeds and display them in many different ways. The most popular means of accessing an RSS feed are through web browsers (such as Firefox or Internet Explorer 7 ) or e-mail clients (such as Thunderbird ). Some methods give you a one-click button to show you the latest information, whilst others present a more e-mail-like configuration, where unread news is flagged to the user.

For more information about how you can access RSS feeds with your chosen software, please refer to the user manual or visit their site.


Software Used by Site

Logos for various software used on site

One of the aims for this site was to simplify maintenance by allowing non-technical people to update it’s content. One of the best ways to do this is with the use of content management software, which allows users to simply type new articles without worrying about the coding. Similarly, there was the desire to have a simple to maintain, yet sophisticated method of displaying images. Again, this can be managed with image-gallery management software.

As a proponent of open-source software (free software developed by the wider internet community), I’ve built this site using the following software:


Web Compliance

Logos showing W3C standards conformance

Every effort has been taken to make this site is compliant with W3C internet standards. It is fully XHTML and CSS (cascade style sheet) compliant, as can be verified by following the links at the bottom of each page.

In general, the site avoids the use of Java script to ensure that it can be used as widely as possible, as well as to improve accessibility. Although JavaScript has been used in a very few specific areas, this is only to give additional flair and is not vital to the operation of those areas of the site.


Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

As required by EU and UK law, visitors to this site are informed that our site uses cookies, and the table below indicates what cookies are used and why:

Cookie Purpose
PHPSESSID Used by our gallery software to help navigate from page to page. It will disappear as soon as you close your browser.
ancofe_cookie Created when user hides the “this site uses cookies” warning, to prevent the warning showing on future visits. If stays on your computer for a year before needing to be refreshed.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.


Comments and Suggestions

Although a great deal of effort has one into making this site the best it can be, there are inevitably going to be some areas that could be further improved.

If you have any comments on the site, or suggestions as to what may be done to improve it, feel free to email me with your comments and suggestions.

— Stuart Middleton —