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Accessibility

Accessibility

Robin Somerville is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

To achieve this, robinsomerville.co.uk strives for WCAG 2.0 Level A conformance. A set of guidelines to make web content as accessible as possible to users who require assistive technology because of a disability or impairment. As part of this commitment the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques are referenced.

These follow four key principles:

Perceivable; information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.

Operable; user interface components and navigation must be operable.

Understandable; information and the operation of user interface must be understandable and finally;

Robust; content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

The site is reviewed for conformance to these guidelines. Users are encouraged to contact robinsomerville.co.uk with comments or suggestions.

This site has been constructed using modern, best practice web building techniques.

The site is built to adapt to different size screens, e.g. smartphone, tablet and desktop computer following the principles of responsive web design. This means that content will display and behave differently dependent on browser, operation system and device. On smartphones and mobiles the site strives to use the native controls. These native controls are governed by the operating system and have been designed and will only override them if there is cause.

The site stylesheets use relative font sizes on all text. Robinsomerville.co.uk tries never to use graphical text unless in exceptional instances. Font reading may be controlled dependent on the capabilities of your reader. If you are using a standard web browser, the font size can be increased or decreased using the view options.

All inline images, where appropriate, have an alternative text attribute. This means that when an image is conveying important information its content is described with an alternative text. Where an image is used for a decorative purpose the alternative text attribute will be left blank. No information is exclusively conveyed using colour.

A site map exists to provide information about the layout of the website.

Downloading PDF documents

Adobe Acrobat is required to view and print PDF documents that appear on this website. To download this programme for free, visit the Adobe website. To read PDF documents with a screen reader please link to the Access Adobe website which provides useful tools and resources. Adobe also has a free online conversion tool for pdfs.

Exceptions

Whilst robinsomerville.co.uk strives 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. The site seeks solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility.

The journey towards accessibility as just that, it is not a destination and the site is on a path of continual improvement. It is understood that technologies change. As part of conformance WCAG the site strives to understand assistive technologies to ensure that everyone is treated with fairness and respect.