We build websites to conform to W3C accessibility approval and standards. We have been building high quality, cost effective web services for non-profit organisations, charities and small business's since 1999.

Accessibility Resources

W3 accessibility guidelines 1.0
Make Web content accessible to people with disabilities.

W3 accessibility checklist
Checkpoints for Accessibility Guidelines.

W3 accessibility techniques
Strategies for authoring accessible content.

UK Business and the DDA
A clearly written FAQ explaining the Disability Discrimination Act.

W3C Compliance

What are web standards?

Web standards are the use of correct website coding standards as laid out by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The web standards which are of most concern to modern business are XHTML and CSS coding practices. In the words of the W3C, “The XHTML family is the next step in the evolution of the internet.

Usable & Accessible

Our customers are important to us, your customers are even more important. Every site we design aims to target your audience.

Our affordable websites are constantly evaluate for functionality and are tested to ensure your site is accessible to your end user.

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Website Accessibility

“New information and communications technologies can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, but only if such technologies are designed from the beginning so that everyone can use them. Given the explosive growth in the use of the World Wide Web for publishing, electronic commerce, lifelong learning and the delivery of government services, it is vital that the Web be accessible to everyone.”
Bill Clinton

What is Accessibility?

Accessibility is the term used to describe the process of making your website available to the widest possible audience. Accessibility makes good business sense, it gets your message across to the more people and it's also the law. Scottweb Design combines great design with W3C Level 2 compliance on our websites.

Is accessibility relevant to you?

From October 2004, the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 (DDA) requires service providers to ensure the services they provide are accessible to people with disabilities. The DDA requirement applies to services delivered via the web and it applies to all businesses and all public sector organisations.

What are the benefits of Accessibility?

By making your web-site as accessible as possible:

  • You open up your organisation to a far wider audience and to new potential customers .
  • You increase the probability of users staying at your site for longer as they enjoy the experience without the problems common on so many other sites.
Accessibility and this website

We believe accessibility for all users is an important issue and has been hugely neglected by the development community. This website has been designed to be:

  • W3C XHTML v1.0 validated
  • W3C CSS v2.0 validated
  • W3C - WAI compliant to "AA" standard

Keyboard shortcuts: Accessibility Keys

Accessibility has benefits!

Ensuring compliance with these standards has many benefits and we recommend these changes to all our clients, the key benefits we have found include:

  • Better accessibility & positioning on search engines
  • Better accessibility for all users on all browsers
  • Better accessibility for the disabled (inline with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995)
  • Smaller faster pages to download
  • Quick and easy to make future design changes to the site.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was created in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential, partly by creating some common standards to ensure interoperability. This commitment includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. This web site has been designed to conform to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 level AAA (the highest level).

The 'Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0' (WCAG) is a W3C specification providing guidance on accessibility of Web sites for people with disabilities. Developed by the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C-WAI), the specification contains fourteen guidelines which are general principles of accessible design. These guidelines not only make pages more accessible to people with disabilities, they make them more accessible to all users, including those using different technologies to view the pages.

Accessibility levels

Legally, you achieve web accessibility determined on how your site measures up against the de-facto W3C-WAI standards. These standards point to 3 levels of web accessibility:

  1. A - Which legally you must comply with.
  2. AA - Which you should achieve; or your site will still be inaccessible to a large number of people.
  3. AAA - Which should be aspired towards as far as is possible.

This web site has been validated and conforms to W3C Recommendations for XHTML and CSS. The site can be viewed in most current browsers and was tested on Internet Explorer, Mozilla/Firefox and Opera.