Monday 28 Jul 2014

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Web site accessibility statement

Soccer Weekend has made every effort to ensure that this web site is as accessible as possible, based on recognised accessibility guidelines and standards. Please note that not all browsers or access devices fully support these standards.

Bobby Worldwide approved AAA

All pages in this site are Bobby AAA Approved and conform to all priority 1 and most priority 2 and priority 3 World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This web site is tested regularly for compliance with current accessibility standards.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

All pages on this site are tested as valid XHTML transitional, using W3C's mark-up validation service, and conform to W3C's recommendations and standards.

Standards-compliant, forward-compliant, not browser-compliant

For years, web designers (including us) have used many HTML features which reduce accessibility - simply because they are the surest way to achieve backwards browser compliance. Examples of this include using tables for layout, JavaScript rollovers and depreciated tags (such as FONT, instead of using style sheets). This enables a web site to be backwards-compatible with those browsers which do not fully or properly support Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) standards - at the expense of both forwards compatibility and accessibility.

This site is forward-compliant, not browser-compliant. This means that it is written for today's mainstream browsers, using CSS, including those features designed for people with disabilities. Inevitably, therefore, this site does not always render properly in those earlier browsers which don't fully or properly support CSS standards. Since the standards compliance of browsers is improving, this issue is diminishing. Indeed, this site renders consistently and perfectly in most modern browsers, with a few minor exceptions (all of which, as far as we are aware) are due to non-compliance with CSS standards.

If you are using an outdated browser, I encourage you to upgrade it. In many cases there is no financial cost to do this. More importantly, since making web sites equally accessible to those users with disabilities requires technologies which are supported only in more modern browsers, by upgrading, you will be helping to reduce the need for Web sites to be browser-compliant, as opposed to standards-compliant.