Our website's accessibility
At CarShop we want our cars and services to be available for everyone which is why we have built our web site to help ensure this is possible. We have done this by programming it to be compatible with the accessibility standards set by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). For a detailed explanation of these standards please click here www.w3.org. The information below will help you navigate the CarShop website:
The text is hard for me to read - how can I change it?
You can adjust the font size in the following way:
- In Internet Explorer go to View > Text size and select Larger or Largest.
- In Mozilla and Firefox users can alter the size of the displayed text by using Control and the Plus/Minus keys to increase/decrease the font size.
- Alternatively most browsers support the user holding the Control key down whilst rolling the centre wheel of a wheel mouse to increase or decrease the screen zoom rate.
Navigate our website using the tab key on your keyboard
- Windows : Press Tab and repeat until reaching desired link. Follow the link by pressing Enter.
- Mac Firefox : Press Tab and repeat until reaching desired link. Follow the link by pressing Enter.
- Mac Safari : Press simultaneously Alt + Option + tab. Follow the link by pressing Enter.
Should you need more help
There is a particularly good resource for helping you with using the internet and websites on the BBC website -
My Web, My Way'. This goes into detail explaining how you can change your computer settings to make websites easier to use, read and view.
You can speech enable websites with 'Browsealoud'
'Browsealoud' a free tool that speech enables website content. It offers a practical website access service to people with reading difficulties and those who find it easier to listen to, rather than read the content of websites. There is a download link below - just click on the icon.
It assists in the navigations of our website for the following sections of the population:
- People with low literacy and reading skills
- People where English is not the first language
- Dyslexic people
- People with mild visual impairment
Some key accessibility features are described below for those who may wish to take advantage of them.
Research suggests that accesskeys could very well conflict with keys that are already assigned by a disabled user's assistive software. As a result, accesskeys have not been implemented on the CarShop website.
All images that provide information have appropriate alternative text such that the information is available to people who cannot see the images.
Images that are provided for decoration are provided as either background images have no description and therefore classified as NULL (empty quote marks) alternative text.
An alphabetical site map page, is provided to assist with navigation.
Layout using Cascading Style Sheets
Much of the website styling and layout has been achieved using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The site will remain usable if CSS is disabled.
Flash is used in some sections of the website which is not fully accessible in the W3C standards. Where it is possible, we provide accessible versions of Flash content, but we cannot provide accessible Flash content until Flash itself is fully accessible.
Links to external websites outside the CarShop domain open in a new window. Links that open in a new window are indicated as such by way of an icon: