We’re working hard to make 800 Group as accessible and usable as we can for everyone.
What is Web Accessibility?
In recent years, the term for disabled access or accessibility is being increasingly used to describe how someone with a disability interacts with a website.
The needs that Web accessibility aims to address include:
- Visual: Visual impairments including blindness, various common types of low vision and poor eyesight, various types of colour blindness;
- Motor/Mobility: for example difficulty or inability to use the hands, including tremors, muscle slowness and loss of fine muscle control due to conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or stroke;
- Hearing: Deafness or hearing impairments, including individuals who are hard of hearing;
- Seizures: Photoepileptic seizures caused by visual strobe or flashing effects;
- Cognitive/Intellectual: Developmental disabilities, learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.), and cognitive disabilities of various origins, affecting memory, attention, developmental “maturity,” problem-solving and logic skills.
When websites are correctly built and maintained using recognised standards, all of these users needs can be accommodated with little or no impact on the usability of the site for non-disabled users.
Resizable text and Colour Contrast
The site uses Cascading Style Sheets to style the text and this text has been configured to be resizable using the browsers resize settings or the text resize tool provided. All text is left justified and maintains a consistent gap between words, this helps both users with mild visual impairments as well those who are using screen readers and/or magnification software as both pieces of software struggle to interpret the inconsistent gaps. Learn how to resize text and other handy functions.
We have also incorporated a tool to allow users to change the colour contrast between background and foreground elements (specifically for text). This aids the readability and clarity of content.
All pictures and images within the site will be tagged with alternative text in a contextual format to describe the content of a picture. This is useful for text-based browsers or for users with visual impairments as it enables the picture to be described in words.
We endeavour to ensure that all fields in online forms can be navigated by pressing ‘Tab’ on a keyboard. This is particularly meaningful to users that cannot use a pointer device such as the mouse, whether this is for mobility reasons or for visual impairments.
No flickering animation
We have avoided the use of flickering, strobing or flashing animation which could be harmful to users who are susceptible to photo epileptic seizures.
Coding to Standards
This site has been built using code and technique’s that are compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and Cascading style sheets. Whilst we strive to ensure that all pages remain compliant, this is a large site, with large amounts of data being uploaded on a daily basis. We must acknowledge that some pages will occasionally fail the compliancy tests, such pages will be investigated, recoded and rechecked. If you find any pages that you believe may contain errors please tell us using the feedback button on the top right of this page.
With accessibility and service improvement in mind, the site is currently undergoing extensive developments to encourage all our customers to interact with us via the Web.
If you have trouble using the site your feedback will help us to make it better, so if you spot any problems please visit the feedback page and let us know. And, if you’re interested, this blog post will tell you more about the accessibility testing we’ve been doing.
If you have any difficulty using the internet or have any accessibility issues, we hope the following information is useful.
If you need help getting started online
Getting started with the internet (BBC WebWise)
Find a free internet training course near you
UK online centres offer free computer and internet training across the country.
If you don’t have regular access to an internet connection
If you find a keyboard or mouse hard to use
Find out how to make your mouse easier to use (BBC My Web)
Find out about alternatives to a keyboard and mouse (BBC My Web)
If you can’t see very well
Learn how to magnify your screen (BBC My Web)
If you are blind
Find out about screen readers and talking browsers (BBC My Web)