Paterico, as well as recognising the importance of web standards, values the ideal that the internet should be available to everyone. This means building websites that do not rely on being seen by someone using a mouse, instead making sure they can be accessed by a variety of methods using more than one sense. All sites are built with the intention that they can be used by screen readers (and other assistive technology) from a variety of browsing devices.
When designing or undertaking a review of an existing website, Paterico will look at many factors and features that affect the accessibility of a website. This includes but is not limited to:
How does this translate to the design of this website, or any of the others that Paterico has had a hand in designing?
Colour contrast between the foreground text and background colour is always more than is specified by the W3C here, so as to keep text as legible as possible.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used to describe the layout, graphics and colours of a site. Java is used as sparingly as possible and Flash is avoided completely. If any of these are ignored by a browser, the website will still present information to a browser.
Any foreground images are given an alternative description that will aid users of screen readers and tell them what is in the picture. This is equally important for users of regular browsers; those who have slow connections of images turned off will be able to read a description of the image.
In summary, Paterico is all about making websites that work well and work well for everyone.
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