The CRASH website has been designed to make it as widely accessible as possible, so that everyone, regardless of ability and technology, can use the website. This page gives information on features included on the site to make this possible.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
We use Cascading Style Sheets to control website page design, along with the size and colour of text. We use CSS as it is not dependent on any additional technologies apart from your web browser or screen reader.
Font sizes & colour
You can set your own preferred styles for font size and colour through your web browser. If you would like to know more on changing these settings, the BBC website has an excellent guide for most modern browsers. Visit the BBC Accessibility Guidlines page for more information.
We use semantic HTML markup to aid making sense of page structure. For example, text headings, page content, links and main navigation menu links, are clearly marked up as such.
The pages on this site conform at a minimum to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). All pages are built to validate as HTML 4.01 Strict.
We have used a common accessible design throughout this website rather than providing text only pages for disabled users. No part of the website is dependent on the use of colour for navigation or conveying content.
We have used plain English in the text content of the website, and non-verbose image descriptions for images which add meaning to the page.
Links & navigation
Wherever possible, links are written to make sense when read out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow you to browse the list separately from the page.
Graphics & images
Where we have used graphics and images which add meaning to the page we have included text descriptions. Where images are used only for decoration, the alternative text has been filled with descriptive detail or left blank.