This website tries to be as accessible as possible to users with disabilities, by taking into account the The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium. We believe that The Lace Guild website complies with the UK Equality Act 2010, Section 29(1).
We indicate below how the site accommodates devices commonly used by individuals with visual or motor disabilities, how it takes into account individuals with hearing difficulties, and what accessibility assistance is available to users with particular individual needs. If you have any concerns regarding the accessibility of the site, please do not hesitate to contact us about them.
- Pages have been structured so that users of screen readers can navigate quickly from link to link, and a means has been provided whereby they can skip the links, if they wish, to go directly to the textual content.
- Pages use a logical hierarchy of headings to allow users to move quickly between sections.
- Where feasible, alternative explanatory text is provided for images that contribute meaning to the page and for which an explanation is not provided elsewhere on the page. Alternative text is avoided in all other cases so that the user’s navigation is not impeded by useless and distracting noise or annoying duplication of information.
- Where it is not feasible to provide alternative text — specifically in the case of lace patterns — the user is invited to contact The Lace Guild to see if the patterns are available in some physical form which they are able to employ.
- Text in hyperlinks always indicates the destination or effect of ‘clicking’/selecting the link. Phrases like “click here” are never employed.
- Videos on the site have a descriptive soundtrack and are never ‘autoplay’.
- Tables on the site contain a ‘summary’ describing the column layout.
- Selecting a navigation choice from a drop-down list never results in immediate transfer to a new page, which instead is initiated by ‘clicking’/selecting a button.
- Animated graphic displays (known variously as ‘slide-shows’, ‘carousels’ or ‘sliders’) are always under the control of users, who can stop them at any time.
Users can tab between links, which will be highlighted (or otherwise emphasized) to distinguish them and allow keyboard selection if required.
Accommodation of users with hearing difficulties
- Videos on the site are subtitled.
Particular individual needs
Computers, tablets and smartphones have a variety of accessibility features that allow them to be adapted to suit individual needs, such as colour contrast, text size or the requirement for the text to be read aloud. These are described in My Computer My Way from Ability Net, and in My Web My Way, provided by the BBC.