In the UK there is a legal requirement for every website to comply with both the Disability Discrimination Act, and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. bakergoodchild is committed to adhering to all of the principles and standards set out in both.
Explaining the law
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) specifically mentions websites in the Code of Practice in Part III, where it specifies:
“The Disability Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person by refusing to provide any service which it provides to members of the public”
“From 1st October 1999 a service provider has to take reasonable steps to change a practice which makes it unreasonably difficult for disabled people to make use of its service”.
The DDA later goes on to list accessible websites as an example of something that should be provided to an individual who has either a hearing impairment or a visual disability.
The W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines were put together by the World Wide Web Consortium and are designed to ensure there is a single shared standard globally for accessibility of web content.
The standards within the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are grouped into four categories: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust.
Examples of the content include ensuring websites do not cause seizures, making the text readable and understandable, providing text alternatives for graphic content and allowing full functionality from a keyboard alone.
The content of these guidelines are also prioritised into sub-groups of 1, 2 and 3, depending on the importance of compliance.
Here at bakergoodchild we take our responsibilities under the DDA and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines extremely seriously and ensure our entire web content complies.
Our site has been comprehensively tested to be compliant with a wide range of different browsers and all significant images have an alternative text view. Images that have been provided for the purposes of decoration will be left blank when an alternative text view is selected.
The standard screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels has been chosen as the basis for all our pages to be viewed, and header elements are used to help structure each page.
The size of the text can be changed as required; to either increase or decrease the size simply either use the “view” option found in the browser set-up or alternatively, hold down the “Alt” key and use your mouse wheel to adjust.
Traditional Tables have been replaced by Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Divs together with the appropriate sized font, with the single exception of alternative graphic text.
Compliance with standards
All of the pages on our website will comply with categories 1, 2 and 3 of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Using the W3C markup validator, all HTML pages will validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
The W3C CSS validator will be used to validate all stylesheets.
Visit the RNIB Web Access Centre to read more about web accessibility.
Get in touch
We take our obligations extremely seriously and every effort has been made to ensure this site is easy to navigate and accessible for all users. If you have any difficulties using the site, feedback would be welcomed.
You can get in touch with us in the following ways:
Write to us at:
6 – 7 Windsor Industrial Estate
Ring us on:
0800 612 1972