Accessibility - how to use this
website and make use of its accessibility features
Using this site you can find out more about Rivers and there are
links to downloadable resources and additional links to other relevant
On this page you can read about:
- Navigation bar and links
- You are here breadcrumb trail
- Site map
- Finding related information
The Rivers Project website is designed to be accessible to as many
people as possible, including those with disabilities of one form
or another, which could be sensory or motor disabilities. We have
followed World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WAI recommendations. A
website can be rated at one of three Web content Accessibility Guidelines
conformance levels - A (Priority 1), AA (Priority 1 and 2) and AAA
(Priority 1, 2 and 3). For this Rivers Project website we have aimed
to adhere to AA.
- Access Keys - these are intented
to provide keyboard shortcuts as an alternative form of navigation
around the website. With Windows-based systems press the 'Alt
key', the access key and the 'Return' key. With the Macintosh
system press the 'Ctrl key', the access key and the 'Return' key.
- S - Skip Navigation
- 1 - Home Page
- 2 - Site Map
- 3 - Contact Us
- 4 - Accessibility
- a - River Processes
- b - River Valley Development
- c - River Fieldwork
- d - Overflowing Rivers
- e - Rivers Need Care
- f - River Facts
- Skip Navigation - A skip navigation
facility has been provided on this site for the benefit of users
with screen readers. It can be implemented by using the skip navigation
access key i.e. ALT + S + Return. Implementing skip navigation
on any given page allows the user to bypass the navigation areas
and go directly to that page's main content.
- Modify Font sizes - The RNIB website
provides useful information on 'How
to make the text larger in your web browser, without using any
- Text-only vs Flash content - Some
sections of this website contain 'Flash' elements, which require
Player Plug-in. However, there is always a text-only alternative
to any Flash content to enable those who don't have the plug-in
or don't have a sufficiently good internet connection to access
- Multimedia content - Where video/audio
content is presented on the website, text transcriptions are provided.
Navigation bar and links
Every page on the website has a 'navigation bar' along the top
of the page, underneath the Rivers Project banner. Clicking on any
'link' in this navigation bar will take you to a page which will
show wha else is included in that section. You can then go to another
page by using the links that appear in the navigation bar or the
links within the text itself.
In addition to the navigation bar there are links to all the main
sections at the bottom of every page.
You are here - breadcrumb trail
As with most websites the pages on the Rivers Project website are
organised 'hierarchically': it's easiest to think of them as branching
out like an upside-down tree sheape (much like a family tree), with
the Home page linked to several Section introduction pages, and
each of these linked to other pages. At any time you can see where
you are in this pattern by looking at the breadcrumb trail at the
top of the main content section. There you will see a line of text
starting Home followed by a series of page names, which show in
order how you would move from the home page to your current page.
You can click on any of the previous page names in this string to
move to that page.
On every page there is a link to our Sitemap.
This is a list of all the main pages on the site, organised under
the relevant section names. It's simply another way of showing a
hierarchically organised website: if a page name is indented compared
to the one above it then it is considered to be at a level below
that page - it is a 'child' of that page. You can click on any page
name shown on the sitemap to go to that page.
Finding related information
On many pages of the website some words or phrases will be underlined:
usually these link to other pages on the Rivers Project website
that contain more about that subject, although sometimes we link
to external websites where we consider their information to be useful.
Some of the information on this website is provided as PDF files.
You will need Acrobat Reader, but the good news is that this software
is free. To find
out more about reading PDF's and using Adobe Acrobat Reader,
check out the Adobe website.