Benenden Hospital recognises the importance of providing a website that can be used in a variety of ways which do not depend on a single sense, ability, or technology. Building a website which is usable, desirable and accessible for all user groups, including the disabled, is our ongoing commitment.
Our site conforms to W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, level A.
Below is a list of critical requirements, which alone cover nearly 40% of those highlighted by W3C accessibility problems. These have been given extra attention and the highest priority during expert evaluation.
Menu links are grouped and an option to bypass navigation is provided. Link to skip navigation has no visible anchor text, and is provided specifically for people using a screen reader.
Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the website. The following access keys are available throughout Benenden Hospital site:
Wherever possible, they do not conflict with commonly-used screen reader and browser keyboard shortcuts.
Access keys are selected in different ways in different browsers:
Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 7 on Windows:
hold down the Alt key and the access key, then release them and hit Enter to activate the link.
Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 5 on Windows:
hold down the Alt key and the access key, then press enter
Internet Explorer 4 on Windows
hold Alt and the access key.
Internet Explorer 5 and upwards for Mac
Ctrl and the access key (unfortunately, access keys are not supported in earlier versions).
Firefox 2, Firefox 3 Windows
Shift + Alt and the access key.
Firefox - older versions
Alt and access key.
Ctrl and access key.
Netscape 6 and upwards for Windows
Alt and access key (unfortunately, access keys aren't supported in earlier versions of netscape)
Mozilla on Windows
Alt and access key.
hold the shift key and press escape then release them. This will bring up a menu of the access keys on the page. Press the desired access key.
Safari 2, Safari 3 on Mac
Ctrl and the access key
Structured, semantic markup is used to represent document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, h3 tags for subtitles, and so on.
Descriptive and meaningful text equivalents are provided for all content images, graphical buttons, symbols and objects. Images are not used to represent text, all headings are styled with the help of CSS and can be resized to suit users needs.
Website design has been tested against colour contrast to ensure that all information is still clear.
Most of the text is written as grey on white and is perfectly contrasting. Grey on white combination passes colour visibility test (link here http://www.w3.org/TR/AERT) successfully:
Relative units have been used in markup language and CSS, therefore website layout accommodates resizing text even in Internet Explorer for Windows.