Using our website
the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all users.
As such we have made every effort to ensure that our site can be
used easily by people with disabilities. The site uses features operable
on screenreader software and computer screens.
we are as accessible as possible we have made significant changes
to achieve a Conformance Level "AA" of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines on scottishwidows.co.uk
We have introduced
the following features to ensure the best use of our site by all
of our users.
support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web
On Windows, press ALT + an access key, on a Macintosh, press Control
+ an access key.
All pages utilise the following access keys:
s - Jump to main site navigation page
1 - Jump to Jargon Translator
2 - Jump to main page content
3 - Jump to Site map
4 - Jump to site search
8 - Jump to Terms and Conditions
menu has been placed at the beginning of each page to allow screen
reader users to link to the main areas of the page.
A hidden link has also been provided at the beginning of each page
to provide easy access to information on accessibility.
and navigation menus
tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for
main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc.
Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the
number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be
All images have alternative text for screenreaders, browsers which
don’t display images or browsers set not to display images.
All links have tool-tips. Where duplicate links occur on a page they
access the same content. Accessibility keys have been included to
aid accessibility (see above). Where a link opens an additional browser
window, this is made explicit.
All labelling seeks to make sense out of context with its surrounding
We have taken
care to ensure that the site’s font and background colour combinations
contrast significantly and are effective in ensuring information
is still clear when viewed in different colour combinations.
If you wish to override the site’s colours, you can do this by changing
your browser settings to your own preference.
Most of the
font sizes we use on our site are sizable. You can change the font
size to make it either larger or smaller via your browser settings.
You can change the font size in the following ways depending on your
- In Internet
Explorer; select View, then Text Size, and then your preferred size.
- In Firefox;
select View, then Text Size, and then increase or decrease to your
uses cascading style sheets for all visual layout. If your browser
or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the use of
structured semantic mark up ensures that the content of each page
is still readable and clearly structured.
You can apply your own stylesheet onto this website by;
select Tools, then Internet Options, then Accessibility, next click
on any or all 3 checkboxes to ignore colours, font styles or font
sizes, in the same window you can change your style sheet by clicking
the checkbox that says, ‘format document using my style sheet’ then
browse to your style sheet and click OK.
select Tools, then Options and then select General, where you can
specify your own colours and fonts.
The use of
Java script has been kept to a minimum. Where it is used, most content
If you would
like to know more about accessibility and the Internet, you may be
interested in the following websites:
also some handy tools which you can purchase or download for free,
— a screen reader for use with Windows.
— a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille
— a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.