Orchira (Orchira) recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all our user groups, including those with disabilities.
Our accessibility standards are in place with the intention of making the content accessible to the widest range of visitors, regardless of disability or impairment and by using techniques to help users of assistive and adaptive technologies we have provided multiple versions of the website which everyone should be able to use.
It is our intention to provide as wide access as possible to this website. Should you experience any difficulties using the site we would very much like to hear about any such difficulties, so that we may take steps to rectify them.
Please contact us with details of the problem, the name and version of the browser you are using and, if possible, details of the operating system and screen settings you are using.
You can alter visual attributes of Orchira website to suit your preferences by selecting a theme from the following options:
If you have cookies enabled, these settings will be remembered each time you visit.
The following features improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text only browsers:
The pages on this website adhere to the recommended UK Government access keys standard and all pages on this website use the following "access keys" to provide keyboard shortcuts for common navigation tasks.
To use these keyboard shortcuts:
Some browsers, such as Opera, use a different method for activating access keys so they don't conflict with other software or operating system shortcuts. Please refer to your browser's Help facility for more information.
HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on.
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 skipped easily. All pages contain the same primary navigation bar in the header, and the same set of links in the page footer. All pages have home page, search and site map links that can be used by text-only browsers, screen readers and some conventional browsers.
This website graphics are thoroughly optimised to maintain faster-than-average page loading speeds. All content images used in this website include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes. Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.
We have checked the website's font and background colour combination against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear.
This website uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the use of structured semantic markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.
Links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers can extract a list of links from a page, so the target for a link should be identifiable in this format. No links contain direct references to java script code, unless those links are themselves created through java script. If java script is turned off, all links can be followed in any browser. There are no links that open a new window without warning. No new windows are opened automatically, for example when a page loads.
PICS enables parents to help control what their children can view on the Internet and at Orchira website in particular.
This website carries a P3P (Platform for Privacy Preferences) statement in its code which can be automatically read and interpreted by the latest browser software.
Orchira website is fully accessible to people with disabilities and obey the spirit of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). It conforms with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (Level Double-A) specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and was tested against WCAG Priority 1,2,3 and U.S. Section 508 Guidelines by the WebXACT and Cynthia.
All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. The pages use Cascading Style Sheets which can be read by CSS-P compliant and non-compliant browsers. All pages use structured semantic markup.
Orchira website is a self labelled website using the Internet Content Rating Association voluntary standard, because we, at Orchira, realise the importance of protecting minors from unsuitable content and that's why we label every page we serve with an ICRA label. It's important to note no moral stance is adopted; it's a question of responsibility, where webmasters are asked to identify whether certain elements exist on their website or not.
The Internet Content Rating Association, an international, non-profit organisation, offer responsible adults an opportunity to take an active informed decision on the suitability of website content for minors and other individuals within their care view while surfing the web. ICRA has long believed the best approach to protecting children online is through "user empowerment", giving families the tools to control their online experience. When used voluntarily, tools like ICRA's empower families to match their online experience with their values, without compromising free expression or undermining other users access to information.
The centrepiece of the organization is the descriptive vocabulary, often referred to as "the ICRA questionnaire". Content providers check which of the 45 elements in the questionnaire are present or absent from their websites. This then generates a short piece of computer code known as an ICRA label that the webmaster then adds to the website. Users, especially parents of young children, can then use filtering software to allow or disallow access to web sites based on the information declared in the label.
The website contains a number of support materials and publications in PDF format, but we also include HTML versions of all the major documents currently in PDF format You may need an up-to-date version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, or similar PDF viewing software, in order to view and print some files. If you do not have the latest version installed, you can download it from the Adobe website.
This website uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout and presentation. The site is best viewed in a "standards compliant" web browser with proper style sheet support, such as a recent version of Internet Explorer (5+), Netscape, Opera or Firefox. If you are using a browser which does not support style sheets (such as a PDA or text-only browser), or an older browser with poor style sheet support (such as Netscape 4), the content of each page should still be fully accessible, but will be presented in plain-text format.