Bluewater recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all user groups, including the disabled, the visually impaired and those with motor deficiencies and cognitive disabilities. This statement explains the accessibility features we have implemented to help you use our website. They help to improve navigation for screen readers, keyboard navigation and text-only browsers among other things.
We've designed this site with accessibility in mind. Some of the general features include:
- The use of clear, simple language that is easy to understand.
- The use of common web conventions.
- Avoiding the use of blinking or flickering elements.
- The use of validated HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Careful use of text colours, size and background colours can help people with a range of visual impairments. Our site is usable by anyone with colour deficient vision. We've checked the site's font and background colour to ensure there are no combinations against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear. We've designed all pages on our website so that all information that is conveyed with colour is also available without colour. While we've used clear, legible font for all text and headings. In the Firefox browser, select View, then Text Size, and then choose increase, or decrease.
Our website does not use pop-up windows unless they are appropriate. Acceptable cases, for example, are when it is important to see the browser window you've just navigated from in the background. Clearly labeled tables help readers to understand the content on a page and to fill in content into correct form fields. Although there are a limited number of critical pages on this site which use frames, we try not to use frames as they are a barrier to accessibility. Any frames which we do use have descriptive titles to help screen readers to make sense of the content of the page. We do occasionally use tables for layout but we ensure we follow WCAG guidelines. This means tables do not have any structural mark-up for visual purposes and they make sense when presented in a linear way.