Accessibility

Welcome to the accessibility statement for Gladstone's Library. This page covers the accessibility and standards compliance measures taken by Gladstone's Library, as well as guidelines on how to take advantage of these features. We have made every reasonable attempt to make the content on this website as accessible as possible to all disabled persons.

Why does our site need to be accessible?

An accessible website has a huge number of advantages - Blind users may utilise a screen reader which uses speech synthesis to read out a website's content, valid and semantic XHTML design means that this will work the way that the software intends. Partially Sighted visitors will need to increase the size of the text on the website. Deaf visitors and those with no mouse access along with web users with Colour Blindness and even Epilepsy are also considered.

Web standards & guidlines

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant XHTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

The site uses semantically correct mark-up (the correct tag for the correct purpose). Text size can be increased via your browser and, wherever Flash and Javascript are used, measures have been put in place to ensure that viewers without Flash 7 or with Javascript disabled will still be able to use the site to its full potential.

Links within this website use descriptive title attributes. These supply additional information about the nature of the link. Links are also provided in such a way that they make sense out of context. All content images used in this site include descriptive 'ALT' attributes.

Finally, this website uses relative font sizes, which means text can easily be resized by browsers if you find the type difficult to read. The font size can be amended by using the following keyboard commands:

PC / Internet Explorer 9 and above / other browsers

Increase text size: Hold down the CTRL key and press +

Decrease text size: Hold down the CTRL key and press -

Mac

Increase text size: Hold down the Command key and press +

Decrease text size: Hold down the Command key and press -

Exceptions

Whilst Gladstone's Library strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If you find a specific problem, please contact us.