Accessibility

CRAC recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all user groups.

Accessibility features on this website

The following features improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers.

Images

Images have not been added to the site to relay information, only to enhance certain points.  Information is relayed by text only.

Colours and Contrast

We have checked the site's font and background colour combinations against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear.

Style sheets

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the use of structured semantic markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured. Forms

All forms follow a logical Tab sequence.
Labels are associated with fields using HTML label tags.Links

Linking text has been written to make sense out of context. Where appropriate, links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail, for example to advise you if the link will open in a new window. Every page has <link rels to the other pages enabling screen readers to see the layout/relationship of the pages on every page of the site.Breadcrumbs on every page will enable the user to go up/back a level within the site and enable the user to see where they currently are within the site.Search

A search facility is available throughout the site to help you find information. The access key ALT+4 will take you straight to the search field.

Navigation aids

Where pages follow a linear sequence, they have rel=previous, next, up, and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers. Netscape 6 and Mozilla users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always). Opera 7 has similar functionality. Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists or HTML defined lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.

Standards compliance

The pages on our website conform to level AA compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).We strive to obey the spirit of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights commission (DRC) While we use Bobby to test for accessibility, it is just one aspect of our testing procedure. As a computer programme, the Bobby test is not as reliable as expert evaluation. Pages are also tested in a Lynx Screen Reader.Question or feedback

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you experience any difficulty using it, please contact us or call 01223 448532.

Accessibility references 

W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
The RNIB's Web accessibility at a glance
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA)
JAWS, a screen reader for Windows.
Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows.
Windows-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows.
PwWebSpeak, a screen reader for Windows.
Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.