Creating Smarter People for Smarter Businesses

Accessibility

Access to the web is an increasingly important element of many people's lives. So, in April 2005, we made the decision to create a website which is fully compliant with W3C accessibilty guidelines.

WBS feels that everyone regardless of their disabilities should have access to information on our services. This website strives to be compliant with the UK Disability Discrimination Act (1995).

Section 21 of the Act gives disabled people improved rights of access to goods, facilities and services. The Act states;

"As a service provider, you might discriminate against a disabled person in two ways:
  • 1. By treating him or her less favourably than other customers because of their disability; or
  • 2. By not making reasonable adjustments to the way you deliver your services, so that disabled people can use them.

In October 2004 the Act came into full effect, leaving businesses no defence unless they have at least a coherent plan for implementing "reasonable adjustments".

Accessibilty Tools Available On This Site

Access keys allow easy keyboard navigation without the use of a mouse. Access Keys provide shortcuts to important or common parts of the site. The current list of Access Keys on the WBS site is:

Destination
Access Key
skip to back to navigation
y
homepage
1
news
2
about
3
services
4
portfolio
5
contact
6
search
7
accessibilty & anchor keys info
q
back to the top
z

Browser support of access keys differs according to browser:

  1. Firefox 2+3: Hold down the SHIFT and ALT (Ctrl on Mac) key and select the number/letter of the access key
  2. Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the ALT (Ctrl on Mac) key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
  3. Opera 9: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.



"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web