About this website and accessibility
Medway Park website has five main areas:
- The header contains the Medway Park logo, accessibility links and search facility.
- The left-hand side column contains the main menu at top followed by links to other relevant pages within the site.
- The middle column contains the main text area of the site and consists of the main content or information for the page.
- The right-hand side column contains the 'Discover Medway Park' box followed by links to other relevant pages within the site.
- The footer, at the bottom of the page, contains contact numbers, general opening times, additional navigation links and partner logos.
The following sections describe some of the features that have been incorporated into this website to aid accessibility.
Medway Council is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website for people with disabilities. New and updated web content produced by the council conforms to W3C/WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, Conformance Level AA. The council is also committed to following the guidance provided by the Publicly Available Specification - 78 (PAS78) standard, developed by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) in collaboration with the British Standards Institute.
Medway Council operates an internal monitoring program. Vendors supplying software used to develop the site will be required to provide information on conformance to W3C/WAI's Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, Conformance Level AA. The council will review this policy in the future and consider updating it to an advanced version of W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing certain keys defined on the web site. In Internet Explore for Windows, you can press ALT plus the listed access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control plus the listed access key. Pressing ENTER will then take you to that page. For a full list of browser access key modifiers please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Access_key
All pages on this site define the following access keys:
- Access key h - Home page
- Access key c - Contact us
- Access key s - Site map
- Access key a - Accessibility information
- Access key t - Text only version of site
There is more information below on specific accessibility features. Further help on how to get the best from your own operating system software is available on the BBC's help pages for:
- Windows (www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/win/sub_root.shtml)
- Apple MAC (www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/mac/sub_root.shtml)
- Linux (www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/linux/sub_root.shtml)
Using assistive technology
Assistive technologies are products used by people with disabilities to help accomplish tasks that they cannot accomplish otherwise or could not do easily otherwise. When used with computers, assistive technologies are also referred to as adaptive software.
Some assistive technologies rely on output of other user agents, such as graphical desktop browsers, text browsers, voice browsers, multimedia players and plug-ins. Assistive technology comes in many different forms, including:
- alternative keyboards or switches;
- braille and refreshable braille;
- screen magnifiers;
- sound notification;
- screen readers;
- speech recognition;
- scanning software;
- speech synthesis (speech output);
- tabbing through structural elements;
- text browsers;
- voice browsers.
Medway Council tests its web pages against as many types of assistive technologies as it can to make the pages more accessible to you. If you find that you are unable to access any information using any assistive technology, please contact the council. If it cannot make the information accessible to you using your assistive technology, then it will try to find an alternative way for you to access or be provided with the information.
The site is designed to make tabbing through a page easy. The order for tab indexing in a page is:
- accessibility links;
- search site;
- main navigation;
- footer links;
- home button (Medway Park logo);
- header banner;
- left hand side boxes;
- main content;
- right hand side boxes;
- footer partner logos.
- All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
- Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.
- This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
- This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
- If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
- Most pages on this site comply with all priority 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
- This site validates as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
- The stylesheets on this site are CSS 2.