Screen reader/voice browser/screen magnifier users
Our navigation mechanisms are accessible by screen readers and voice browsers. Text equivalents of all images have been provided and the relevant page and table header tags inserted.
We have checked the site font and background colour combinations for the different colour-blindness conditions and ensured that items are not referenced by colour alone.
The web pages on the site have been tested for use in keyboard-only operation. When using the forms or controls for the tools, the keys to use are as follows:
To select from drop down boxes, use up and down arrow keys
To select/unselect a check box, use the space bar
To move forward between links, use the tab key
To move back between links, use the Shift + tab keys
To initiate an action button, use the Enter key when the action button is selected.
Using the tab key, this feature helps keyboard-only users navigate more easily around the web page.
Adobe pdf files
Some additional information is available on our website in the form of Adobe pdf files. Clicking on a link to these files will open a new browser window.
For more information about reading these files with assistive technology, please visit www.adobe.com
Online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents can also be found on this page of the Adobe website.
Adobe Flash files
Some areas of our site include Adobe flash files. If you are unable to view a file you can download a free copy of Flash Player at: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Pop up and new browser windows
www.scholl.com creates pop up windows for the user to view:
All other websites
Adobe Acrobat files
Please note that we don't have access keys on our site, as these can override screen reader shortcuts.
We have aimed to conform to Level AA compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
As a part of the functionality of our search engine we currently employ a proprietary tag in order to provide more useful search results; while this is rightly flagged as non-compliant XHTML, its use greatly increases usability of the search engine and should be the only compromise to XHTML validation on the site.