Website Accessibility

A well-designed website adapts to the people who use it, instead of expecting the people who use it to adapt to the website.

HTML is flexible. If people want or need to view websites with larger fonts and the graphics turned off, they should be able to. If they don't want to use frames or are not able to use Flash, they should still be able to find their way around your website. If someone can only see bold black text on a white background or needs to read the page using a braille system or a voice synthesiser, the web designer shouldn't be making life even more difficult.

Our approach to website accessibility

At Skill Zone, we have always tried to build web sites which embrace the flexibility and inclusive nature of HTML. We want to build websites which empower our visitors, not exclude them. Using a website should be an enjoyable experience, not a challenging one, and if potential customers turn away from you, not because your product is wrong for them, but because your website is an obstacle, then we believe your website has failed you.

Accessible websites and good design

We don't believe that accessible websites have to be dull and boring. When we design a website, we want to make it look as visually attractive and appealing as possible, but we also understand that it still has to be usable on a whole range of equipment, screen sizes, colour perceptions, and so on. Well-designed websites can be rendered in different ways to suit different categories of user, without sacrificing clarity and attractiveness of design.

Building accessible websites isn't easy but we think it is worth the effort. Accessibility and usability is built into our sites during the design process, not something that is added later. Website accessibility is an evolving science, and we make the commitment to learn.

  SCREENSHOT: Rendering in a graphics browser. Testing pages from our website in modern graphics browsers.

SCREENSHOT: Rendering in a text-only environment. The same page in accessibility mode on the Opera browser, checking for usability in text-only with no tables.

MOBILE BROWSER: Horizontal mode. MOBILE BROWSER: Vertical mode. Checking that the same page renders properly on the restricted screen of mobile phones