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  • What is Accessibility: Accessibility is the word used to describe whether a product (for example, a website) can be used by people of all abilities and disabilities.


    A website is accessible if all people, including disabled and elderly people, can use it. Hydro Group plc aim to ensure that all of our products are informative and functional to use as well as being accessible - we would term this - web usability.


    On a website, accessibility depends on how a person's disability affects the way they perceive information on a page and how they navigate within the website and between the pages, downloads etc. Elements that affect accessibility include:

    For people who can't see very well: the colours and the contrast between colours; the size of text; the choice of fonts.
    For people who are blind: how a screenreader interprets the elements on a page (for example, alt tags for images, and title tags for links); the inclusion of audio description for video content.
    For people who can't hear very well: how any audio content is represented graphically (for example, including subtitles or signing on video content).
    For people who find a keyboard or mouse hard to use: the ease with which someone can navigate to parts of the page (for instance, by tabbing); auto-completion of forms.
    For people who find words difficult: the length of sentences and paragraphs; the complexity of the vocabulary; the choice of fonts and size of text; the availability of spelling checkers and word prediction; the opportunity to have text read out loud.

    Hydro Group plc accessibility policy takes into account many of these factors wherever possible. We ensure best practice for making our web pages and downloads accessible to everyone.

  • December 2011: statement
    Hydro Group plc is committed to ensuring its website and all of the content therein is as accessible as possible for all visitors. Hydro Group plc have made extensive efforts to comply with best practices and standards.


    Hydro Group plc contracts third-party expertise in the fields of web usability to enhance web site accessibility by utilising new technology.


    Accessibility is a partnership between web site producers and the creators of the operating system, browser, and specialist assistive technologies which many disabled users employ to allow them, for example, to view websites in easier-to-read colours, with larger fonts, or as spoken text.


    As such technologies are becoming more available and sophisticated, Hydro Group plc will ensure that its media works well with technologies to ensure an accessible experience for disabled users.


    Hydro Group plc will also work with those in the wider accessibility community to support the future development of these technologies and the standards that allow all websites to be created to work best with them.


    In those instances where the specific accessibility needs of some disabled user groups require us to create new or repurposed editorial content, we will do this if possible, wherever appropriate, so that we become more inclusive to a wider audience online.

    Current accessibility features:

    • Direct links provide information quickly about specific content, where to contact suitable staff regarding specific subjects or products.

    • Throughout the web site, visitors have the ability to call or email Hydro Group plc for general, specific information and about personal careers vacancies and positions.

    • A drop down tree-menu navigation system increases the visitors experience and accessibility of data quickly.

    • Where third part software is needed to view or read data, directions are provided to obtain software technology necessary to render the multimedia experience or text files.

    • Structural markup and CSS Guidlines has been employed by Hydro Group plc. This helps conciderably in page comprehension by layout consistency, as allowed by the content management c-panel system and CSS code.

    • All data has been laid out in a clear and concistent manner set by default.

    • JavaScript and style sheets may be used from time to time to enhance the functionality of the Hydro Group plc website, but if these technologies are unavailable when browsing, alternate content is provided where applicable.

    If you cannot get access to any information you need quickly or to offer comments and feedback, please email Hydro Group plc.

    Making text larger or smaller in Firefox 1.5 / 2:

    Instructions

    Follow these steps to increase or decrease the size of the text for the web page you are viewing:

    1. Open the ' View ' menu with the mouse or by press ' Alt ' and ' V ' at the same time.
    2. Select the ' Text Size ' option with the mouse or by pressing 'Z' .
    3. Increase or decrease the text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing ' Enter '.
    4. Alternatively you can press ' Ctrl ' and ' + ' to increase the text size, ' Ctrl ' and ' - ' to decrease the text size. ' Ctrl ' and ' 0 ' returns you to the default 'normal' size.

    Making text larger or smaller in Internet Explorer 7:

    Instructions

    For the first time in Internet Explorer a zoom feature is included which allows you to enlarge the whole browser window.

    to do this press ' Ctrl ' + ' + ' to increase the zoom and ' Ctrl ' + ' - ' to decrease the zoom.

    You can also change the text size. The way to do this does depend on how the site has been built.

    For many sites you only need to do the following:

    1. Open the ' Page ' menu with the mouse or by pressing ' Alt'+'P ' .
    2. Select the ' Text Size ' option with the mouse or by pressing ' X '. See Fig 1.
    3. Choose your preferred text size by clicking on it or by using the up and down arrow keys to select it and then press ' Enter ' .