It's important at bss for our website to be
accessible to people with disabilities. We achieve this by
complying with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
WAI provides a detailed list of priorities to achieve
accessibility. Many of these priorities are quite technical in
nature, but the following points provide examples of the kind of
measures we have taken to ensure ease of access.
- Labelling images so that blind people can understand a web page
(you can see this when you hover your pointer over a picture and a
small piece of text appears - if it makes sense to you then it
would to a blind person because their text-to-speech software would
read it to them);
- Colour choice - there are various colours that partially blind
and colour blind people cannot see;
- We use simple English;
- If tables are used then the rows and columns are labelled
- The use of applets and scripts need an alternative. Imagine the
use of a drop down menu that cascades to one side - for a visually
impaired person this is impossible to 'see' using a text to voice
- Use of style sheets to control layout and presentation - so
that users get 'used' to the way a page is laid out;
- Use relative rather than absolute units in markup language
attribute values and style sheet property values. This means that
when a page is viewed in different screen resolutions it still
makes sense and that users who wish to increase the font size in a
web page can do so.
- We use navigation mechanisms consistently.
- Please be aware that the corporate videos on the Working For Us
page do not meet usability and accessibility requirements as they
are not built to do so.
Text only version
The creation of a text only version of this website was
considered and a decision was made to only provide a normal version
of the site. By keeping the graphics small, and following
accessibility guidelines, we have ensured that users who are
partially sighted or blind can still reach our information in this