Accessibility

Rachel Watson is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, including those with sight, audio and motor impairment restrictions.

All pages within this website should successfully validate as HTML5 documents according to the guidelines laid down by the W3C. Occasionally errors do slip into the HTML mark-up, either via human error or input mistakenly into the content management system. If you find a page which does not validate or has display errors, please contact us, let us know which page the error is on and we will endeavour to fix it as soon as possible.

The CSS used to manipulate the appearance of this site should also validate according to CSS level 2.1 guidelines.

This site is working towards conformance to Double-A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 1.0 (WVAG 1.0), including all Priority 1 and Priority 2 and some Priority 3 checkpoints as defined in the Guidelines.

Users browsing with Internet Explorer 7/8/9, Firefox 3/4, Google Chrome, Safar 4/5 and Opera 9 will find that they can scale/zoom the entire page, including images, where as old versions and other browsers resize the text only.

Structure

The site has been developed using headings, paragraphs, lists and other HTML (HyperText Markup Language) to create a logical document structure.

Alternatives to scripts or other controls which rely on client device capability have been provided.

Context

Where possible, all hyperlinks use descriptive and meaningful text as a call to action. Short-hand language, such as click here has been avoided. Additionally, meaningful alt attributes and/or titles have also been added to all images where appropriate.

A written style that is straightforward and understandable has been employed throughout the site.

Navigation

A standard layout and navigation structure is maintained throughout the site. Screen reader users can skip the main navigation and return to the head of the page using the links supplied.

Layout

Text is laid out using W3C standards validated style sheets. Users can change the style sheets in their browsers to make viewing easier for their individual requirements. The document standard used is HTML.

Browser compatibility

This website has been designed to be compatible with the following browser types and versions:

Internet Explorer 6

Although this site will display content for users still using Internet Explorer 6 or lower, it does not fully represent the layout of the site as the developers intended. As Microsoft are no longer providing updates for this browser, users of IE6 are strongly advised to update to a newer version of the software, or use one of the many free alternatives available. For more information on why it is important to move away from IE6, visit Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 countdown website.

Mobile technology

This website has been built to be responsive for ease of use on a variety of devices including tablets and smart phones.

Site map

A site map has been provided that can help you navigate around the site. A link to this is available on every page of this website.