Accessibility of our website
We like to think that the Access New Business site dispels the myth that accessible sites have to be functional and unattractive. In fact if you brief your web designer at the beginning of a project that your site is to be accessible, you should have few difficulties, and little additional cost. However, making an existing site accessible can be more time-consuming and costly, depending on how it was originally built. For more information on building an accessible website, see the Top Tips at the bottom of this page.
Using this site
We have tried to make this site as accessible as possible, using the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
Internal and external links
All internal links (links to another page within the Access New Business site) open inside the current browser window. All external links (links to other sites and useful information outside of this site) will open in new browser window.
Changing text size
In most browsers you can zoom in or out of the page quickly and simply. This is how to use ‘zoom’ in recent versions of the four major browsers:
- If you use Mozilla Firefox select 'View', then 'Zoom'. Next either select 'Zoom In' and 'Zoom Out' or 'CTRL +' and 'CTRL -' until you reach the correct size.
- If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer select 'View', then 'Zoom'. Next either select 'Zoom In' and 'Zoom Out' or 'CTRL +' and 'CTRL -' until you reach the correct size. Internet Explorer users can also zoom in by clicking 'View' then 'Text Size' and selecting a size from the given options.
- If you use Google Chrome click the spanner icon, then in the ‘Zoom’ menu click either the '+' or the ' -' until you reach the correct size.
- If you use Safari click the ‘Display Menu’ icon, then 'Zoom'. Next either select 'Zoom In' and 'Zoom Out' or 'CTRL +' and 'CTRL -' until you reach the correct size.
If you use another browser, look at its help section for tips on zooming changing text size.
If you use Microsoft Windows with a scroll-wheel mouse, you can hold down ‘Ctrl’ and use the scroll-wheel to zoom in and out.
Using the website without a mouse
You can use this website with your keyboard instead of a mouse. If you use Windows, use the tab key to move to the link you want. For other operating systems, check the BBC’s My Web My Way pages for tips on using your keyboard to navigate websites. To get tips on how to change your computer to make the web more accessible to you, visit the BBC’s My Web My Way pages.
Top tips for building an accessible website
- Include accessibility in the earliest possible stages of planning your site. This will save you time and money in the long run.
- Always choose a web designer who is familiar with the two main standards for website accessibility: the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.00) compiled by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the PAS 78.
- If you’d like to understand more about website accessibility yourself, the RNIB has an excellent site entitled 'Design and build accessible websites'.
- Alternatively, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the designer of this site, to talk about accessible websites.