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Accessibility to this Web site pages conform to single-A (basic) WAI compliance level - More info on

Accessibility statement

This page states accessibility policy for Chris Ryall's "" Web pages. Please use the email link to give constructive feedback. I apologise that it shown only as an image - otherwise I get volumes of spam which drowns real messages! However the images ALT text spells out a current email address in full.

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

Pages on this site consistently define the following access keys:

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site are being re-designed toward compliance with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are intentionally vague but gave me a good lead on the principles involved
  2. All pages on this site have been validated as HTML 4.01 transitional compliant
  3. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup.
    1. H2 tags are used for main titles
    2. H3 tags for subtitles.
    3. H4 tags are used for minor titles
    For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3.
  4. This site uses javascript only for standardised footers, visual banners and some back-referencing lines on the bridge pages. Pages may be successfully read without scripting.

Navigation aids

  1. All pages have a top line menu in consistent position with access keyed links as above
  2. The great majority of pages can be browsed in site map order using these links
  3. Access key 4 or top menu search click will take you to a Google powered site search page


  1. Most links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
  2. Links are designed to make sense out of context.


  1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.
  2. Purely decorative graphics may have null ALT attributes.
  3. Moving graphics are used sparingly. Flash and flicker are not used

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

CSS "" Style sheet control has failed. Pages on this site should still be readable, but layout may be spoiled. Your browser may be out of date, or style sheets disabled !!

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