Accessibility

Surefire is in the process of developing its web services to achieve a high level of accessibility. 

While we make every attempt to ensure you get the most out of this website, you may find you can improve your browsing experience by altering particular browser settings. Below, we show how to change the settings for common web-browsers.

What is an accessible website?

An accessible site is one that accommodates the full range of users. Designing for accessibility therefore means accepting that, for online information, there is:

  • No standard information user

  • No standard device for browsing information

An accessible website does not exclude anybody due to:

  • Their abilities

  • The method they choose to access the web

Accessible websites prioritise clear content, structure and ease of navigation over frilly aspects of design, however they also need not be visually unattractive, nor are they prevented from using the latest web technologies, provided that all information is still accessible to users.

Change text size

You may also use your browser settings to change the text size for all the websites that you visit. The technique for doing this is slightly different depending on the browser that you use:

  • Google Chrome: Select one of the 'Text Zoom' options in the 'Customise and control Google Chrome' menu

  • Internet Explorer 9: Select 'Settings', then one of the options under 'Zoom'

  • Internet Explorer 7/8: Select the 'Page' menu, then one of the options under 'Zoom' or 'Text Size'

  • Internet Explorer 6: Select the 'View' menu, and select one of the options under 'Text Size'

  • Mozilla Firefox: Select the 'View' menu, then 'Zoom', then one of the options

  • Opera: Select the 'View' menu, then one of the 'Zoom' percentage options

Other browsers may also have similar options available. Please consult the documentation provided with your browser if similar options to the ones above aren't available.

FURTHER HELP

If your browser isn't covered here, or you would like more in-depth information, visit My Web my Way, an online guide that explains the various accessibility features provided by your web browser.

FEATURES OF THE SITE
Descriptive link text

When the author of a site uses descriptive link text, all links on the page will make sense even when read out of context. For users of assistive technology (e.g. Screen-readers) this can allow them to quickly jump through pages of text to find relevant links.


Meaningful ALT attribute on images

Most images on this site contain additional 'alternate' text that is stored with the image. This allows users who otherwise wouldn't be able to see the image access to the stored information. Although this can help users of assistive technology (e.g. Screen-readers), this also applies to visitors who disable images because of a slow internet connection.

Any image that is considered purely decorative will have a blank alternate text (e.g. alt=""). This reduces the amount of unnecessary content on the page.