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Web Accessibility Statement

Legislation

This Web site complies with the requirements of the Disabilities Discrimination Act and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Act.

Access Keys

This Web site contains a number of shortcut, or accesskeys, enabling faster selection of key links.

When using Internet Explorer pressing the ALT key combined with an alphanumeric key will highlight the link. By pressing the ENTER or RETURN key the link will be followed. For example Alt + 0 (ENTER) takes you to the Home page.

When using Netscape 6 you simply need to select ALT + 0 and you will be immediately taken to the Home page.

Accesskeys do not work in Opera 6.

On Macintosh, you can press CONTROL + an access key to be taken to the hyperlink for the page. Pressing ENTER or RETURN will then take you to the linked page.

Some of the shortcut keys are used twice. In such cases simply press the shortcut key twice. This will take you to the second link and then you press ENTER or RETURN as before. If you press the key a third time you will highlight the first shortcut again.

Website Shortcuts

Alt + J - JUMP to Main Page Content
Alt + G - Search mickwood.com (G for GO)

Alt + 0 - Welcome (Home) Page
Alt + 1 - Choose & Register Your Website Name
Alt + 2 - Select Your Hosting Plan
Alt + 3 - Design Your New Website
Alt + 4 - Select & Add Content
Alt + 5 - Market & Promote Your Website
Alt + 6 - Maintain & Update Your Website
Alt + 7 - Showcase & Hosting Features
Alt + 8 - Customer Help & Support

Alt + 1 - About Us
Alt + 2 - General Information
Alt + 3 - Articles & Tutorials
Alt + 4 - Accessibility Features
Alt + 5 - Sitemap
Alt + 6 - Customer Contact / Enquiry Form
Alt + 7 - Customer Feedback Form
Alt + 8 - IT Training
Alt + 9 - Web Design, Usability & Accessibility Consulting

Sticky Keys

If you have trouble holding down multiple keys at once (like Alt + 0), you can turn on the StickyKeys option to press one key at a time.

  1. Go to the Start menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Control Panel.
  4. Select Accessibility Options.
  5. Check the Use StickyKeys box.

You also have the option to make your computer ignore brief, repeated keystrokes (FilterKeys) and play a sound when you hit CapsLock, NumLock, or ScrollLock (ToggleKeys).

Navigation Aids

All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles and H2 tags for subtitles. STRONG and EM tags are used rather than BOLD and ITALIC.

The main focus of this site is the "Six Steps to Building and Maintaining Your Website".

You should be able to distinguish your location with the site by referring to the navigation tabs at the top of each page. Many pages also include a button labeled with the category name situated below and to the left of the main navigation tabs.

Visually disable users can JUMP over the navigation links and go straight to the page content by pressing ALT+J followed by ENTER or RETURN.

Links

Many links have TITLE attributes which describe the link in greater detail. Exceptions would be when the text of the link already fully describes its destination.

Links are written to make sense out of context.

Images

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

Visual Design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. This means you may customise your Internet browser settings to view the site according to your own preferences.

Instructions on how to customise your browser can be accessed from the left hand navigation panel at the top of this page.

We use relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" options in visual browsers. If your browser does not support style sheets the content of each page is still readable.

Testing

Each page is tested and validated using a variety of Web accessibility and validation tools as well as human judgement.

Tests include checking how pages look when linearised, using different operating systems, colour depths, and screen resolutions.

All pages are checked using version 4+ browsers, text-only browsers, screenreaders, and voice activated software.

Contact

If you are having problems accessing the content of this Web site or if you have any questions about this Accessibility Statement please contact us or email mick@mickwood.com.

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Accessibility Links

TechDis - 7 Precepts of Usability and Accessibility

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

WAI Resources

Quick Tips To Make Accessible Web Sites

WebAIM - Web Accessibility in Mind

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