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Regardless of your what kind of website you have and the content which is included within it, your website should allow anyone, regardless of their operating system or ability to understand and navigate your website.

By using the following basic guidelines, you should be able to produce a website that can be understood by anyone, regardless of the computer they are using and their ability.

Guidelines for accessible websites

  • Place in "alternative text" providing a description of the images that are used within your website.
  • If you using technologies such as javascript and flash animation, ensure that your website can still be used and accessed if these technologies are disabled.
  • Allow your website to have the text size increased for users who have poor visability. To check in Internet Explorer go to "View > Text size > Largest". Alternatively, scroll with the wheel of your mouse whilst holding down the control key.
  • Use cascading style sheets instead of tables to determine the design of your website. The website user will then be able to turn off the cascading style sheet and be able to view your website in plain text if they require it.
  • Visually impaired internet users can browse web pages by tabbing from one link to the next. Does all the link text on your website make sense out of context? "Click here" and "more" are two common examples of non-descriptive link text that can cause a website to suffer poor accessibility.

Further information

Please feel free to take a look at the following resources if you would like to find out more about increasing the accessibility rating of your website.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or suggestions regarding website accessibility, please contact us using the following details.

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