This website is makes every effort to produce content that conforms to Level AA of the Web Acessibility Initiative Guidelines (WAIG) version 2.0, released in December 2008.
The pages on this site are produced by VerseOne Spearhead CMS (www.verseone.com/spearhead), based on the ColdFusion language and a MySQL database. Content generated by Spearhead CMS core modules is rendered by page templates that create XHTML 1.0.
Authored content (provided by a team of Orbit officers) is created in an editor that forces strict XHTML output and using a DDA Checker that ensures compliance with Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines.
For further information, please contact the Webmaster.
All pages include a search box.
An expanding, nested side menu is provided across all of the site. Many sections of the site also have links of the previous/up/next style at the page foot (some non-graphical browsers also display these at the top of the page), and some have alternative or deeper navigation links in the right side-bar.
A breadcrumb trail has been provided across the site to show the section and page the user is on within the site.
There is an automatically generated site map and a link to this appears on every page.
Our authoring policy is to use the "title" attribute on links to describe the target page, as well as to ensure that, wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. With the exception of pages containing lists of articles with summaries (where the duplicated link "read more" relates to the immediately preceding article), link text is not duplicated, and two links with the same link text always point to the same target page.
There are no internal links that open new windows. We are still developing our policy on links to external sites.
Tables in the page content have a summary and, unless they are perfectly intelligible in linearised form, properly scoped header cells to allow screen readers to render them intelligently.
All content images used include descriptive "alt" attributes. Purely decorative graphics only appear in the stylesheets and will not be picked up in a screenreader.
The site layout involves a selection of layouts, all of which are rendered in pure HTML and CSS, without any recourse to tables.
Background, text and link colours are controlled within the stylesheet and therefore may be overriden by altering your browser settings.
This site uses relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers. For example, if you are using Internet Explorer, you can make your default text size larger under the "View" menu, "Text Size", "Larger" (or "Largest").
If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable in a logical sequence.
Pages should validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict, except where noted below. The templates use Cascading Style Sheets which can be read by CSS-P compliant and non-compliant browsers. These pages meet the checkpoints of the Web Accessibility Initiative's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to Level-A standards, as well as Levels AA and AAA where possible. All pages use structured semantic markup. The numbered statements below relate to specific WCAG checkpoints.