accessibility features on this website

accessibility features on this website

an ongoing project

Why should my mindless drivel and dreary rants be available only to those who use Internet Explorer Windows and have no special web viewing requirements? Making my website accessible is an ongoing project - I'm constantly looking at bits and pieces and figureing out how to make it easier for people across the population to read.

what's new?

  • access keys: the access keys are listed on the right hand side bar on this page!

what's next?

  • I havn't inserted a skip nav function yet.. soon.. I promise
  • A site map? apparently they increase accessibility

what's not new?

  • this site is programmed using xhtml 1.0 strict and uses CSS for both layout and for making the text look pretty - particular attention has been given to conforming to W3C web standards
  • very little javascript has been used - the two little bits of script that this site use include a piece of script that hides my email address from spam-bots and a piece of script that makes IE understand hover classes that have been placed on non <a> elements. Neither of these should adversely effect your browsing pleasure (?) should javascript be disabled.
  • my css validates - or it MOSTLY validates - the only 2 small little bits that don't are things that I've had to put in to make IE behave
  • my xthml validates too
  • my navigation elements are consistant and clear
  • This page - I'm told it's good to have a page explaining accessibility features of your website - so here it is
  • the site now uses "em" instead of "px" to define text size and line height - this means that you can now resize the text using internet explorer - and that it resizes a bit nicer in Moz/FF etc.
  • text links are both coloured blue AND underlined with a dotted grey line - useing ONLY colour to differentiate links from other text makes it more difficult for folks who have difficulty with colour differentiation.
  • quotes are now marked as such using the <q> or <blockquote> elements - whereas before I often simply used a styled <p>
  • header tags are no longer used for text that is not a header - I used to use it anytime I wanted bigger boler text - after all - why define a new style when the h3 will do it for me? well - this makes things confusing for some browsers - because I would be identifying a "read more" link as a header - when it wasn't at all.
  • my email address is still encoded with javascript - however - I have now written it so that even if you have javascript disabled - you can still figure it out and email should you like
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