Accessibility

This website has been designed to be accessible to all users. Three of the more important accessibility features are:

Please select one of the links above or scroll down this page for more details.


Navigation Systems

This website uses consistent navigation mechanisms throughout.

At the top of the page is a Banner that contains the Indiefield logo (which links to the Home page), our "Opinions That Count" logo, contact phone number and email and one of the Indiefield images.

The Banner is followed by 3 fluid columns in which the left column (containing the Menu Bar) and the right column (containing the Quick Links) are flowed after the centre column (which contains the Page Content and Footer Navigation Bar). And not a table in sight!

Menu Bar

In a visual browser the Menu Bar will be displayed on the left hand side of the page. The Menu Bar has 2 levels. The first level is grey with a blue border and contains links to each of the main areas of the site. These correspond to the page groupings on our Site Map. If the current page is in one of those groups, that link will be highlighted in a visual browser. For example, the current page is in the "More Indiefield" area of the site. In a non-visual browser the link will be replaced by a div if it is the current page or followed by an explicit skip sub-menu link.

If you are logged in, a separate menu section will appear when you select the "My Indiefield" link. This section contains links to your Account details. In a visual browser, this section has a pink top and bottom border and the menu items are grey with a pink border.

Sub Menus

The second level is the Sub Menu Bar and contains links to pages within the same area of the site. In a visual browser the links are pink. They are only visible when the current page is in the same area. In a visual browser the current page will be highlighted. For example, we are now on the "Accessibility" page within the "More Indiefield" area of the site. In a non-visual browser the link will be replaced by a div.

Quick Links

After the Menu Bar is a group of one or more links to related pages both within this site and on external sites. In a visual browser they will be displayed on the right hand side of the page. On every page the first such link is to our log in page (if you are not logged in) or our log out page (if you are already logged in). The second link is to our Site Map and the third link is to our Help section. Other links have been placed there if we feel they may be useful or of interest to someone browsing the current page.

Footer Navigation Bar

At the bottom of each page is a group of links to the pages defined in the section below on Access Keys.

LINK Elements

To aid navigation in text only browsers all pages have a LINK relationship defined from the current document to the "start", "next" and "prev" documents, where applicable. These are mapped to the corresponding "Begin Page", "Next Page" and "Previous Page" as defined in the section below on Access Keys. Although these definitions agree with the link types defined by the W3C, they are not consistently implemented by different browsers as yet.

Access Keys

Another accessibility feature is the use of Access Keys which allow you to jump to specific links on a page. Under Windows you press Alt+access key, on a Mac you press Control+access key. Unfortunately, different browsers have different implementations of this feature. For example, with Internet Explorer pressing the access key to go to another page only gives the focus to the link and you must then press Enter to follow the link. Netscape on the other hand will follow the link immediately.

Unfortunately, Opera does not implement access keys at all (as at the time of writing) but you can instead use the shortcut keys Ctrl+Shift+Left and Ctrl+Shift+Right to move through this site. Opera also has a "Navigation Bar" which will map to the "Begin Page", "Next Page" and "Previous Page" defined below.

The following access keys have been defined for this site:

Access Key Definitions
Key Target
0 Website Accessibility Page (this page).
1 The Home Page.
2 First Input Field (applies to forms only).
3 Site Map.
4 Search Page.
8 Copyright Page.
9 Feedback Form.
B Begin Page.
N Next Page.
P Previous Page.
S Skip Navigation (at the top of each page).

There is currently no accepted standard mapping for Access keys. These have been chosen based on a mixture of those in use on other sites that we like, our own personal preferences and the aim of minimising clashes with common browser shortcuts. We have found them to work well and, with three spare key mappings (5, 6 and 7) available for your own use, we commend them to you!

Please note:

  • The "Begin Page" is the first page in each group of pages listed on our Site Map.
  • "Next Page" and "Previous Page" refer to the order of pages listed there. They do not refer to the browser history buttons.
  • "Begin Page", "Next Page" and "Previous Page" are not defined for pages that are not listed on our Site Map.

Standards Compliance

Every page listed on this website complies with the XHTML 1.0 ("Strict") and CSS 2 standards. Unlike the accessibility guidelines discussed below this is a statement of fact because compliance with a published formal grammar can be validated using a computer program.

We believe that all of the pages that are listed on our Site Map comply with the Triple-A conformance level of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, including all Priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints defined in the Guidelines. Pages that are not listed on our Site Map comply with the Single-A conformance level of the Guidelines as a minimum, although many of them are also Triple-A.

At this moment in time, this is a statement of opinion and not a fact that can be independently verified using a computer program. Instead we have worked through the Web Content Accessibility Checklist and carefully checked off all the items and we have also used on-line tools like Watchfire WebXACT. However, mistakes can be made and accessibility checking tools have their limitations (see this article on The Problem With Automated Accessibility Testing Tools for more information). So if you have any comments about this website, please use our Feedback Form or send an email to: takepart@indiefield.co.uk, as we would love to hear from you.

We also believe that this website complies with the requirements of the UK's Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and the US Federal Government's Section 508 Guidelines. Webcredible have a good article about the DDA on their website. More information about Section 508 is available at the Section 508 website.


Please note: any third party websites that you may link to whilst using this website are out of the control of Indiefield. Indiefield is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.