As an ethical company that specialises in the supply of medical equipment and devices to assist the less able, we obviously wish to achieve the highest possible level of web accessibility.
In designing this website, we have addressed the four types of disability which traditionally relate to web accessibility: visual, hearing, motor and cognitive.
Associated conditions include myopia, colour blindness, glaucoma, and albinism.
We have applied correct levels of contrast, a clear typeface, and avoided problematic colours.
The web design is compatible with the use of Screen Reader software applications.
The web design is compatible with description and subtitle software applications.
Associated conditions include RSI, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, and muscular dystrophy.
The web design allows for optimal use of adaptive switch technology.
Tab sequences are positioned in a logical order.
Complex user mobility is not necessary, while the small number of moving images can be frozen.
Associated conditions include Down’s syndrome, autism, global development delay, and dyslexia.
The web design offers clear options, with logical and consistent steps.
The written word is used in moderation. It avoids the use of difficult language and jargon, and is presented in a clear typeface.
A web browser is a software application used for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web. The major web browsers at present are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari.
The best web browser for each user will be determined by the specific type of software or hardware in use.
It is very important to ensure that the Web Browser is regularly updated and that the most recent version is used.
Possible Web Limitations:
The company has used the above elements of web accessibility as a design theme to create this website. It is intended to be original and fresh in appearance for everyone – while also being more accessible for the less able. However, in reality, web accessibility is an intricate aim for any organisation to achieve.
The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities promotes ‘universal design’ of website products which are ‘usable to all people, to the greatest extent possible.’ Note how the UN qualify their convention with the works ‘... to the greatest extent possible.’
To give an example: websites that are wholly designed to facilitate the technical requirements of the less able, can be extremely non-user friendly for every other user. Therefore each organisation must strive for a balance to successively meet the needs of all their stakeholders.
Perhaps of equal relevance is the breathtaking rapidity in which new IT hardware and software is produced today. In reality, it is near impossible for an organisation – with limited resources – to avail of new technology while simultaneously fully maintaining the integrity of their accessibility protocol. However, on a more positive note, hardware and software designers and developers – such as Apple Inc – increasingly incorporate accessibility features as standard in their products.
We welcome questions or comment on the subject of web accessibility and our websites:
Murray’s Medical Equipment Ltd
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: 00 353 (0)1 866 3330
Fax: 00 353 (0)1 855 5880