Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring Rated Trades is accessible to all user groups, including the disabled. The following features have therefore been implemented to improve the site’s accessibility.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you experience any difficulty using it please let us know.

Please note: While we aim to provide full accessibility in all new content on the website, some of our older pages may not yet meet all the standards outlined here.

Headings and navigation menus

HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on. Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily. A site map has been provided that has links to all sections of the site.

Images

Images used on Rated Trades include descriptive alt attributes.

Font sizes

You may change the font size of this site to make it larger or smaller as required through your browser:

  • In Internet Explorer, select “View”, then “Text Size”, and then your preferred size.
  • In Netscape select View, then Text Zoom, and then your preferred percentage size.
  • If you wish to override the site’s font settings, you can import your own style sheet.

Style sheets

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for layout purposes. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the use of structured semantic mark-up ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.

You may import your own style sheet into this website:

In Internet Explorer

  • Select “Tools”, then “Internet Options”, and then “Accessibility”.
  • Click on any or all 3 checkboxes to ignore colours, font styles or font sizes. In the same window you can change your style sheet by clicking the checkbox that says, ‘format document using my style sheet’ then simply browse to your style sheet and click OK.

In Firefox/Mozilla

  • Select “Edit”, then “Preferences” and then “Appearance”.
  • Specify your own colours and fonts.

Tables

We have avoided using tables for layout purposes. Where they are used, tables have properly scoped header cells, to allow screen readers to render them intelligently. Where required, tables also have a caption and a summary.

Forms

All forms follow a logical Tab sequence. Labels are associated with fields using HTML label tags.

Scripting

JavaScript is used throughout Rated Trades. All pages and processes are still accessible and usable if JavaScript is not available.

Links

Linking text has been written to make sense out of context. Where appropriate, links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, for example to advise you if the link will open in a new window.

References

We endeavour to make thomsonlocal comply with guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 1.0 (WCAG 1.0).

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