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Option letters can be used as access keys. Please use access key 'a' for our website accessibility guide, access key 1 for themain menu and access key 0 for the top.

Visitor Guide to Accessibility Features

Welcome to Beach Web Design!

It is very important to us to ensure this website is accessible to all our visitors. I hope this user guide is helpful, and that the accessibility features I have set up for this website will be useful. If you have difficulty accessing or using any part of this website, or if you have any questions, comments or suggestions for features to improve accessibility, please let me know.

Either contact me via my contact form, email me directly or phone me on the number at the top of the page. To show good faith, I will soon be adding an accessibility guestbook, so that your comments and suggestions can be made public and visitors can check up and see what I've been doing about them.

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Accessibility of our website is important to us.

Some ways to use this guide with our website

User Guide Options:

  • Resizable text

    All text on this website is designed to be resizable for improved visibility. To resize, please use the text size option in your browser, or if your mouse has a wheel, press the CTRL key and scroll using the mouse wheel.
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  • Tabs and links within the page

    All these pages may be navigated using the Tab and Enter keys as an alternative to the mouse. Where pages contain long sections of links, I have provided 'Skip navigation' links, which will take the visitor directly to the next section of page content instead of tabbing through the whole list. Tab indexes have been used to provide a useful tabbing sequence (I hope!) whenever pages use more complex layouts or contain groups of interactive features. The bottom of each page has a text link to return you to the top, and I have included similar 'Back' links wherever they seemed sensible to me. If you are a visitor using the keyboard for navigation, I would appreciate your suggestions on how these features could be improved.
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  • Access Keys

    Each page uses the following keyboard shortcuts (access keys):
    • 0 to go to the top of the page.
    • 1 to go to the main menu.
    • 2 to go to the main heading.
    • 9 to go to the website information links at the end of the page.
    • More sections with numbers in between 2 and 9 are used on longer pages
    • The main menu options at the top of the page use access keys 'a' to 'h'.
    • Our on-site search uses access key 'S'.
    • Where pages have left and right sidebars of links, they may use access keys 'l' and 'r'.
    • This page can be accessed using access key 'z'.
    Different browsers use the access keys in the following ways:
    • Alt + Shift + accesskey (Firefox 2)
    • Alt + accesskey (Firefox / Netscape 6+ / Mozilla / Internet Explorer 4 (PC)).
    • Alt + accesskey, release both then press Enter (Internet Explorer 5+ (PC)).
    • CTRL + accesskey (Internet Explorer 5+ (Mac)).
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  • Text alternatives for images

    As some of our visitors may not be viewing or downloading our images, a text description or title is provided for every image on this website, and the website does not rely on images for any of its functioning. Some images will also have long descriptions.
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  • Plain text version

    The visual design of this website is presented using CSS. By disabling CSS in your browser it is also available as a usable plain text version with some images. A usable plain text version can be accessed by disabling both CSS and images.
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  • Mobiles and Handheld Devices

    A 'handheld' CSS stylesheet has been developed for mobiles, and tested using the Opera browser. This stylesheet will generally reduce the page width and remove large images so they are not downloaded. Mobiles that do not implement CSS can also access a version with plain text and some images. Mobile users will also be able to use the access keys. Some mobile users may experience problems if their particular phone also applies non-handheld CSS style sheets. If you discover a problem with this, please let me know and I will do my best to fix it.
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  • Foreign language translations

    The natural language and fonts used on this website have been defined using CSS and Meta tags so that the website content can be translated. If there is another feature that would help with this, please let me know.
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  • Acronyms

    As screenreaders can have difficulty in pronouncing acronyms, a full text version is given to explain each acronym the first time it appears on a page. Readers can see the expanded text by moving the mouse over an acronym, which looks like this: TLA. For those without a mouse, each acronym is also explained at some point in the text (in this case, TLA is Three Letter Acronym).
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  • Image optimisation

    All images on this website have been optimised for faster downloads and screen viewing. If you find an image is too slow in loading, please let me know which one and which page it is on and I will have a look at it.
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  • Contact details and Email Links

    Most contact links on this website will take you to the contact form. Where a link explicitly says 'email' it will activate your email application.
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  • Printing these pages

    To save our visitors' ink and paper, this website uses a printer-friendly stylesheet, which reduces text and padding sizes and removes page colours and background images for a more economical printed version. This can be viewed using the 'Print Preview' option in your browser. However, if you would like to print the pages as they appear on the screen, I recommend pressing the 'Print screen' key on the keyboard and pasting them into a word processing application.
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  • Cross Browser Compatibility

    This website has been tested to varying extents using a variety of operating systems and browsers, in particular Firefox 2 for Windows and Linux, Internet Explorer 7 and 6, Netscape 8, Safari for Mac OSX and Opera 9, including small screen view. However we don't have every possible combination, so please let us know if you find problems! In the meantime, we have done our best to provide for cross browser functioning by developing each page using Web standards set out by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Our Quality Standards page explains more about web standards.
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  • Web Standards Validation

    This website has been developed using valid XHTML (Extensible HyperText Markup Language), HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Every page has been tested using the W3C's online validation service and checked against their checklist of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(1.0). I re-test pages repeatedly as changes are made and new areas of the website are developed. See Quality Standards in Web Development for more information on this.
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