Fairport Convention Discussion List - Accessibility Statement
- We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
- We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
Web Accessibility Initiative
- This website endeavours to conform to level Triple-A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.
- This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant XHTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
- We strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing this website, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Pre-filled form fields
- Checkpoint 10.4 of WCAG 1.0 recommends that until user agents (such as browsers or screen readers) are capable of recognising text fields that do not contain default text, text fields in forms should be pre-filled with text.
- User testing, combined with evidence from our web stats, show that this is no longer a necessity for accessibility. Research has in fact shown that pre-filled text fields can cause difficulties for some modern screen readers, therefore we do not include them.
- Checkpoint 9.5 recommends providing keyboard shortcuts to important links, often called "access keys". However, these have also caused problems, and our own and other people's testing have demonstrated that they are best left off public websites.