Accessibility Statement

Artesis recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all user groups. This statement explains the steps we have taken to make our website accessible.

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

General information

Accessibility considerations include:

  • The use of clear, simple language
  • The use of common web conventions
  • Avoidance of blinking or flickering elements
  • The use of validated XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Standards Compliance

Artesis’ objective is to ensure that this website conforms to level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). In some cases the website provides enhanced features via JavaScript. Artesis’ goal is to provide equivalent functionality for users who are not able to use JavaScript and we are working hard to achieve this. Pages are also tested in a variety of browser/screen reading applications.

Background, text and color

Careful use of text colors, size and background colors can help people with a range of visual impairments. The Artesis site has been designed with this in mind:

colors

The site is usable by anyone with color deficient vision. The site’s font and background color have been checked to ensure there are no combinations against the different color blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear. All pages on the website have been designed so that all information that is conveyed with color is also available without color.

Font and text size

The site uses clear, legible font for all text and headings. In the Firefox browser, select View, then Text Size, and then choose increase, or decrease.

Style sheets

The site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. Where possible it has been made navigable, usable and readable for browsing devices which do not support style sheets.

Non-text elements

Providing alternatives for non-text elements gives visually impaired and screen-reader users wider access to the website.

Images, videos and other non-text elements

It is possible to use the site without having to view graphics or images. All non-text elements, such as images, animations, symbols, audio, video and multimedia have text equivalents. This has been done by providing descriptive alt attributes for them. Purely decorative graphics or formatting images have empty alt attributes.

Scripts

To help you use the site, alternative non-JavaScript pages have been created for the most critical pages.

Links and navigation

The website has been structured with usability in mind e.g. placing page items in a logical order and making the website easy to navigate.

Navigation

Navigation links are consistent between pages throughout the site. The site is also fully accessible using only the keyboard and can be navigated with scripting disabled.

Pop-up windows

The website does not use pop-up windows unless they are appropriate. Acceptable cases, for example, are when it is important to see the browser window you’ve just navigated from in the background.

Forms and tables

Clearly labeled tables help readers to understand the content on a page and to fill in content into correct form fields.

Tables

Occasionally tables are used for layout but they follow WCAG guidelines i.e. tables do not have any structural mark-up for visual purposes and they make sense when presented in a linear way.