Making Dolphin Accessible for you.
The Dolphin website has been designed with the aim of being accessible to as many visitors as possible, regardless of your browser, screen resolution or method of accessing the site. This page highlights what we have done to make our website accessible, and explains how to use these features to get the best experience from this site.
On this page you can read about:
Customise to suit you.
You may wish to make changes to the colours or text size used on our website by altering the settings on your browser. The instructions for each browser are different so please refer to the help files supplied with the browser you use.
Our website uses relative font sizes which can be resized using the function in your web browser. If you are using Internet Explorer go to View and Text size. Or, if you have a scroll wheel on your mouse, hold your control key, CTRL, and move the wheel.
- Many links have title attributes which describe the link destination in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
- Wherever possible links have been written to make sense when out of context, so that you do not have to read the surrounding text to understand where the link will take you.
- On any page, identically-worded links will always link to the same page.
- You will always be warned if clicking on a link opens a file or website in a new browser window. The warning is either contained in the link itself, the Title attribute or in the text immediately after the link.
- Active hyperlinks always appear blue and underlined. No other text is ever underlined.
- We strictly avoid the use of frames and pop-up windows throughout our website.
Where possible any scripting used on this site is carried out server-side. To use this site you should not have to download or install anything.
This website has been programmed with semantic mark-up, valid XHTML and CSS separating the structure, styles, and content. No tables whatsoever have been used in the design of this website. This website relies on CSS2, which is unsupported by IE 4 and below and Netscape 4 and below. It can still be accessed on these browsers but with no styling applied to the pages. The decision to use CSS2 was taken due to the very small number of Internet users browsing with these older versions (now less than 1%). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If your browser or reading device does not support style sheets, all content will still be readable.
Images & visual content.
- The use of images has been kept to a minimum and, where used, graphics have been optimised for fast downloading.
- All images used in our website have descriptive ALT attributes to describe the content or function of the image. This information is displayed when images are turned off and read aloud by screen readers. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
- Complex images include a long description (LONGDESC) attribute or text descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.
- Where colours are used we have tried to make sure there is maximum contrast between foreground and background items.
Whilst accessible web pages benefit everyone by being simple and easy to use, dyslexic readers find some styles of layout and punctuation better than others. We have therefore used the following principles when putting pages together:
- For long lists numbered lists are used in preference to bulleted ones, (dyslexic people often find that the numbers given them a frame of reference, so they can move around the list more easily);
- Punctuation marks have been added to the end of headings, list items, etc., so that screen-reading software does not run the line into the following text.
- Text is kept short and simple where possible.
- For our standard font we have chosen Verdana, which is a Sans-serif font that comes as standard with many Windows computers and is clear to read on screen.
A number of features on our website make it easier for you to find what you want:
- Every page on our website includes a search box (access key 8). Advanced search options are available on the search results page which also offers similar word matches.
- Using the main navigation links from the homepage you can reach each of the main content sections on the site, such as Products, News, Support, etc.
- Section pages have an extra content menu, to allow visitors to navigate to sub-sections or specific topics of interest within the subject area being viewed.
- Access keys have been set up to make it easy to jump directly to frequently used pages. View the list of Access Keys here.
- Breadcrumb trails have been used on the website so that you always know where you are and can easily navigate back to the homepage or a section index page.
- Clicking on the Dolphin logo at the top of any page will take you back to the homepage.
- All the pages on our website are can be navigated by using a keyboard, mouse or combination of the two.
- For those using screen readers, you have the option to skip to the navigation or to the main content at the start of each page.
Access keys are keyboard shortcuts for the main links used in the site. How the keys work varies between platforms and browsers. Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site.
On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key, pressing the enter key will follow a link.
The Dolphin website uses the following access keys to provide easy keyboard navigation:
- S - Skip to main content link
- M - Site map
- 1 - Dolphin section
- 2 - Products section
- 3 - Downloads section
- 4 - Dealers section
- 5 - Support section
- 6 - Training section
- 7 - News & Events section
- 8 - Contact Dolphin
- 9 - Search
- 0 - Accessibility info (including key details)
This website aims to conform to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines priority 1, 2, and 3, XHTML 1.0, CSS 2.0 and Bobby AAA guidelines.
Where possible we have followed the guidelines published by accessibility experts. Our pages are validated to the current HTML standards.
If you experience any problems using this website or have any suggestions for improvement please contact the Dolphin web team.