In designing this website we have striven to ensure that it is equally accessible to everyone.
Particular care has been taken to make sure it can be viewed using screen reading software, and that HTML5 semantic tags have been used in the layout of our web pages, to help signpost the meaning or purpose of sections of our pages, in the newest browsers.
There are guidelines which set out how to make website content more accessible for people with disabilities. Following these guidelines will help to make a website more user-friendly for all people, and not just those with disabilities. For more information on these guidelines, please follow the links below:
We believe our site exceeds WAI ‘A’ compliance and is near ‘AA’ standard.
IMPACT adopts a policy of continual improvement and we aim to improve the accessibility of our site whenever possible. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties accessing any area of our site, and we will aim to address any issues within our future developments of the website. Our aim is to achieve compliance with the ‘AAA’ standard of the W3C Web Content Accessibility guidelines ultimately.
While we do our very best to comply with the guidelines, please note that it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. Where we have not been able to comply, we aim to provide compliant content in other areas so that everyone can access details of our work and achievements.
This site has been written using W3C standards compliant code for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and by using standards-compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly. Where we have taken advantage of the latest HTML5 and CSS3 features, we have tried to ensure these degrade gracefully for those using older browsers that do not support these features, so that everyone can have a good, if not always identical, viewing experience.
The website has been designed using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) which ensures that the design is kept separate from the content. It is therefore possible to easily read the pages in browsers that don’t support CSS or if CSS support is turned off in the browser.
We have created three distinct preset CSS designs to allow the end user control over its appearance, which can therefore be changed to meet their particular needs.
- The default graphical/high resolution view
- a text-only version, and
- a high visibility/high contrast version.
As well as this, further control over the size of the page and text is available through the browser’s Zoom options.
Windows / Internet Explorer 8 and above, and all other browsers
Hold down the CTRL key, then press + to increase the font size, or press – to decrease the font size.
Mac OS / all browsers
Hold down the CMD key, then press + to increase the font size, or press – to decrease the font size.
Our site has been designed to a fixed width of 950 pixels, which means that there should be no need for horizontal scrolling for the most common screen resolutions and window sizes of 1024 x 768 and higher.
Our main menu options have been assigned keyboard access keys for users who do not use pointing devices (such as a mouse).
Based on UK Government guidelines, the main access keys we have used are as follows:
s – Skip the navigation and go to the main content of the page
1 – Links to our home page
2 – Sets the focus to the search box
and the remaining accesskeys are as follows:
3 – About IMPACT
4 – Priorities For Action
5 – News
6 – Media
7 – Get Involved
8 – Donate
Accesskeys are supported in most browsers. You can use them as follows:
Hold down the ALT key whilst pressing the accesskey of your choice. In some browsers you may also need to hold down the SHIFT key at the same time.
Hold down the CTRL and ALT key whilst pressing the access key of your choice. In some older browsers only CTRL plus the accesskey is required.
This website has been tested on the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10
Mozilla Firefox 5 and higher
Google Chrome 18 and higher
Safari 5.1 and higher
Mozilla Firefox 5 and higher
Google Chrome 18 and higher
We have chosen not to support older versions of Internet Explorer. This is because the usage of these versions has diminished to a very low level, and the lack of compliance to web standards which harms accessibility. For more information, please visit IE6 Coundown
Page Layout and Content
The content has been written and formatted to make it accessible.
- Headings signpost sections of text
- We have kept sentences short
- Links use meaningful text, and we have set the title attribute to a relevant descriptive name
- Forms can be navigated using the tab key
We now include audio/video files on some of our pages, for those that are able to enjoy these. We have made sure that our site does not rely on these and traditional text-based content is available elsewhere to fully describe our work. This is to ensure that we do not to discriminate against people with hearing or vision impairment.
We have ensured that where images are used on the site, they are accompanied by descriptive text.
Some files on this website are PDF files to be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which is freely available to download. Where possible, text only versions are also available on the site. Hard copies of these files are available upon request, if you are unable to download these.
IMPACT has no control over, and can take no responsibility for, the accessibility of external sites to which we provide links.