Accessibility

Navigation shortcuts

The ABR Solicitors site navigation is structured in such a way that the tab key can be used to logically cycle through the navigation, with the enter key being used to activate a highlighted link. Each shortcut has an access key assigned.

Access keys

This site utilises access keys for those who wish/need to navigate the site without the aid of a mouse. these are activated in different ways on different platforms. in internet explorer or mozilla based browsers on windows, you can press ALT + an access key. on a Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key, Then press Enter to activate the link.

Below are the access keys currently in use on this site:

•1 – jump to homepage
•9 – jump to contact
•0 – jump to accessibility statement (this page)
these access keys have been chosen to follow the uk government website guidelines where possible

Structured, semantic markup
HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H3 tags are used for main titles, H4 and H5 tags for subtitles etc.

Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists ensuring that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily

Images
All content images used in the home page and all archives include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null alt attributes.

Flash
Where flash is used n the website, we try and provide alternative content, but this is not always possible. We recommend upgrading or installing the flash player where possible.

Standards compliance
The ABR Solicitors website is designed to conform to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). The majority of Level AA and AAA requirements are also met.

All pages strive to validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional and use structured semantic markup.

Accessibility references
•W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
•W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
•W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer’s guide to accessibility.
•U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.
Accessibility software and services
•Bobby, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines.
•HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
•Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
•JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited demo is available.
•Lynx, a free text-only web browser.