Accessibility

BaseballSoftballUK is committed to making its website available to as many people as possible meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and makes every effort to ensure its communications are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.

Many Internet users can find websites difficult to use due to the way they have been designed. We recognise that this is an important issue and are making changes to ensure that the baseballsoftballuk.com website is accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.

We have tried to make this website adhere to priority 1 and 2 guidelines and in some cases priority 3 as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind

All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, use structured semantic markup and the CSS has also been validated.

We strive to obey the spirit of the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission. Changes to improve accessibility are ongoing, but if you come across a page you find difficult to use please let us know.
 

Accessibility Design

Many Internet users with disabilities find website difficult or even impossible to use simply because of the way they are designed. This website has been designed to be as accessible as possible and to be compatible with the types of adaptive technology used by people with disabilities, including screen readers. As such, visitors can control the size of the text and can use ‘access keys’ on the keyboard rather than the mouse to navigate through pages.

The stylesheet uses relative font sizes and is written to display pages correctly in most commonly used browsers. In early versions of browsers and browsing devices that do not support stylesheets at all, the flow of the content has been tested to ensure it entirely retains its sense.

Foreground and background colours contrast well throughout the site, with the majority of content appearing black on white.

The site rarely uses frames and uses a cascading style sheet for visual layout. Tables are used for tabular data, but we have avoided using them to dictate the layout of a page wherever possible.
 

Internal Navigation Links

At the start of every page are invisible links providing direct access to content, navigation and the accessibility statement, each with access keys. When keyboard navigating, however, the links become visible - try tabbing through the links on the page.
 

Links

In most cases, external website links on the site (i.e. when the link target is on a non-BSUK site) will open in the current browser tab/window. This means that the user will be directed away from the BSUK site but can easily return by clicking the 'Back' button on their browser. It avoids multiple new browser tabs/windows opening up when links are clicked. The exception is downloadable documents from the Documents section of the website, which will either download to your computer or open in a new browser tab/window depending on your browser settings.

Users can choose to open a link in a new tab/window in the following ways:

  • Right-clicking on the link and selecting 'Open link in new tab' or 'Open link in new window'
  • Holding down the 'Control' key on the keyboard while left-clicking on a link
  • Clicking on the link by pressing the middle scroll button on their mouse

Most links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail, and in the majority of cases the text of the link already fully describes the target. Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context.

Link text is never duplicated. Two links on the same page with the same link text always point to the same address. 
 

Images

All content images on the site include descriptive ALT attributes. Those purely decorative graphics or used for layout include empty ALT attributes.
 

PDFs

Most documents on this website are PDFs (portable document format). The advantage of a PDF is that it will always be presented consistently. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open PDF files, and this can be downloaded for free. Adobe has recently updated its free reader to include screenreading functionality.

Adobe also has a free online conversion tool for pdfs so people who have problems reading PDFs can convert them so that they appear as normal web pages or plain text.
 

Multimedia (Video and Audio)

We host a number of video clips on the site and these clips are provided in Flash Video Format which are suitable for a variety of different connection types and speeds. You will need to ensure you have Flash Player installed to view. What we have not done, owing to cost implications, is to provide transcripts of each of the video clips.
 

JavaScript

The site has been configured to allow users access to its full range of functionality whether or not they have JavaScript enabled in their browsers. Where JavaScript is used, it is only used to enhance the user experience. It is never essential.
 

Known browser support

This website operates on a wide range of browsers.

PC operating systems:

  • Internet Explorer 6+
  • Mozilla Firefox 3+
  • Safari 4+
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera 10+

 Apple Macintosh operating systems:

  • Safari 4+
  • Mozilla Firefox 3+
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera 10+

Screen Readers:

  • JAWS screen reader 7.1

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