Accessibility

Hempsons strives to make its web information accessible and easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you have any disabilities.

Maintaining an accessible site is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer a user friendly experience. We welcome feedback from any users on the content and accessibility of our website, or, if you have any problems using this website or require any of our information in another format then please email n.halliday@hempsons.co.uk or use our contact details to get in touch with any questions you may have.

Accessibility Features

The website is styled using cascading style sheets (CSS) which should produce a consistent layout in most major browsers. The website has been designed to be easy to use if style sheets are turned off or you implement your own style sheets for better accessibility.

Text size can be enlarged through several sizes using the controls present in most major browsers and will not affect the layout of the site until very large text is required. If very large text is required then we would recommend that you use your browser controls to turn off styles sheets before increasing text sizes to extremely large sizes.

All our web pages have invisible links in the content  that allows users with screen-reading software to skip over major sections of the page content, for instance to navigate past the main content to the navigation or search functions.

Links to other pages in our website open in the same window. To return to the previous page, use the browser “back” button.

Links to external sites, and to documents within the website open a new browser window. To return to the previous window, close the new window. Documents included in the website may be in Adobe PDF format or Microsoft Word documents. Should you not have programs capable of displaying these types of document then links to free software for displaying PDF and Microsoft Word documents are available below.

Software to open documents
The links below enable you to download free software to allow you to open these files.

Access Keys

Access keys let you navigate around a website without using a mouse.  You may find them a convenient way to move round the site without having to move your mouse at all.

Unfortunately, different browsers use access keys in different ways.  In general you need to hold down a key or two, and then press the access key you want.

S – Skip content up to navigation
1 – Home page
2 – About us
3 – Services
4 – Sectors
5 – News
6 – Events
7- Join Us
8– Contact details

Access Keys on Browsers for PCs
Firefox 2: Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key
Firefox 1.5 for PCs: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
Opera 9: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.
Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
Internet Explorer 4: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
Netscape 7: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
Netscape 6+: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key
Netscape earlier versions: Access keys are not supported

Access Keys on Browsers for Macs
Firefox 2: Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key
Firefox 1.5: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
Safari: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
Opera 9: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.
Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
Internet Explorer 4.5: Access keys are not supported