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This is the accessibility statement for Witheridge-"The Centuries in Words and Pictures" Should you have any queries or comments you should send them by e-mail to: webmaster@witheridge-devon.com. We continue to assess the Web site for accessibility issues and welcome your comments or feedback. If you are having a problem accessing any part of the Web site, please contact us using our Contact link.

Pop-up information: This site makes use of pop-ups to display pictures. If you use a pop-up blocker you should turn it of temporarily in order to view these files.

This website has been designed to provide a home for the Witheridge Historical Archive. All pages are been optimised to be best viewed with your screen resolution set to 1024x768 pixels and using Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator browser versions 5 or above. To get the best colour reproduction you should be using a minimum colour depth setting of at least 256 colours. In the bottom navigation column you will find a text version link for those who require this facility. It will also assist those who may want to take a print of a page. Unfortunately it does not work in Opera, but if you set the style to the users mode, a page will display text with graphics. When you want to return to the normal page go to the next link or hit refresh or reload.

All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.1 using both the WDG and W3C online validators, both of which determine with 100% accuracy whether a page is valid XHTML, along with WDG-ARV (A Real Validator) on my desktop to check any alterations as they are made.

All pages on this site are Bobby AAA approved, complying as they do with all the guidelines. I have reviewed all the manual guidelines and, although this is always a judgment call, believe that all pages on this site are in compliance. Bobby version 5, HiSoftware's AccVerify and Cynthia Says, are used locally to measure our accessibility standards. Due to differing judgment call on manual checks, and differences in the testing software, both online and locally, online validations may show some differences.

All pages on this site are WCAG AAA approved, complying with all priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Again, this is a judgment call; many guidelines are intentionally vague and can not be tested automatically. I have reviewed all the guidelines and believe that all these pages are in compliance, thereby ensuring that all pages had some degree of accessibility to those people who use assistive technology to access the Internet.

Some of the older browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer 4 and Netscape 4) do not meet with these standards, and should you still use these browsers, then you will not be able to view the site as intended. You will still be able to read the pages and navigate the site, but the site will look basic in comparison. Pages are periodically tested using assistive technology, such as a voice browser or screen reader program. Lynx simulation, the browsers Opera, Mozilla and Internet Explorer are used at various screen resolutions.

Any links to off site sources will open in a new window.

All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

NB: Decorative images - Guidelines for alt text: Images which are purely for decoration or visual appeal should be assigned the null alternative text or alt="". Images, which simply provide decoration, do not provide any content to the user, and as such have no value to someone who cannot see the page. In these instances the correct HTML markup is what is often referred to as "an empty or null alt attribute", written as alt="". Screen readers will ignore graphics with empty alt text, which is exactly what we want in this case.

All pages are set out using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

We make use of Relative font sizes in order that you may change the font size to suit using the text size option of your browser.

Each page is still readable if the style sheet is disabled and not used.

We do not convey any information through colour alone, and believe that the contrast is sufficient on all pages.

While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accessibility of this site, some content might still be inaccessible to some visitors. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact the webmaster.

I do not use access keys on this site as there are some browsers and screen readers that they can interfere with the default hot keys. But there are some keys that are safe on almost all browsers but I decided not to use any at all. There are some groups of people who can benefit from access keys for which I apologise to for not using any on this site. All pages have rel=previous, next page, Go to Top, Index and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers.

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Last Edited 03/07/2006    Copyright © 2000-2006 Witheridge

Unless otherwise indicated on the page in question, the photographic images reproduced on this site belong to the Witheridge Archives, and, as such may not be reproduced for commercial purposes without written permission. However, you are welcome to use any of the photographs belonging to the archive for personal and/or non-commercial use. Any material shown as not being owned by the archive may not be reproduced in any form without first receiving written permission from the owner of the material in question.