This website, and all those we build, are designed to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
It has been argued that the Internet has been the most important information sharing invention since the printing press, putting the “world at your fingertips” – if you can use a mouse, see the screen and hear the audio.
Aside from the moral and legal1 reasons for building accessible websites the business case is overwhelming.
According to the DWP there are over 10 million disabled people in Britain, with an annual spending power of over £80 billion.
Potential customers who benefit from accessible, flexible and usable websites include:
- People surfing the web using mobile phones and tablets. These people are amongst most affluent and technically advanced group affected by web accessibility issues.
- People using old web browsers or old computers. Many companies and public bodies still use legacy hardware and software.
- People with slow internet connections.
- Older people – a growing sector. These people may have accessibility issues such as reduced mobility, reduced hand-eye co-ordination and poor vision.
- Blind, partially sighted and the colour blind are frequently affected by accessibility issues. This group also makes up a very large percentage of web surfers.
- People with physical disabilities, such as those with impaired mobility.
How we remove barriers to accessibility
We use a number of techniques to ensure our websites are accessible, many of which you can see in action on this site:
- Navigation without a mouse: you can access all the menus and pages on this site using the TAB and ENTER keys, you can scroll through our portfolio using the arrow keys.
- Resizable text: All the text is sized in scalable units (ems) and this allows users to resize the text on the page to suit their preferences (even in Internet Explorer). We also support the The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard.
- We write our websites in modern, semantic, validated HTML5 in accordance the standards dictated by the W3C: Try validating this page!
- Responsive layouts: All our web sites are created or can be adapted to respond to the device on which they are being viewed. This is particularly important for sites likely to be viewed on a mobile device or phone such as those for hotels, restaurants, social media, news & weather etc. However, as more and more people access the web with alternative browsing devices, companies from all sectors benefit. Resize this page or view on your mobile phone to see how this works.
- Sensible print: How often have you printed from a website only to find it doesn’t fit on the page, includes superfluous information (adverts, menus etc) and uses up all your ink? We design our pages for the printer as well as the screen – it’s not perfect, especially with images – but we’re sure you’ll agree it’s better than most. To see this in action do a Print Preview of this page (File|Print|Print Preview)
- Testing: We test all our sites in multiple browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Lynx (text only). We use multiple emulators to test usability / accessibility on different phones and other devices and do checks on a desktop, laptop, notebook, tablet and smart phone. We don’t know what you or you clients use to view the internet but are determined to give you the best possible experience.