Website Accessibility

We want this website to be accessible to everybody and have taken the following steps to assist visually or physically impaired visitors, and users of screen reading software.

We would like to express our extreme gratitude to Frank Salt of the Friends of Castleton Station who has offered us expert advice on website usability and tested this site's navigation for us.

We are constantly striving to improve the accessibility of our website, so if you find any problems or have suggestions for us to improve it, please contact us at

Accessibility Standards

The FOWS website has been designed to comply with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines standard (version 1.0) and satisfies all its Priority 1 requirements. Most Priority 2 requirements are also met, with on-going work in progress to address the remaining points.

Level A conformance icon, 
          W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

Access Keys

The following Access Keys are enabled on all pages of the FOWS website:

Access Keys are not supported in all versions of all browsers. To use the access keys in the following browsers please:


Javascript, which can cause difficulties for some screen-reading software, has not been used on the FOWS website with the sole exception of the location map page.

Colour Selection

The use of colour on the website has been designed to avoid problems with the most common forms of colour-blindness (red/green and blue/yellow). The website has been tested for usability by colour-blind users using The Color Laboratory's colour-blindness emulation filter.

Resizable Text

All text on the website may be resized using standard browser text sizing controls.

In Internet Explorer or Firefox press CTRL and + (plus sign) together to increase the text size, or CTRL and - (minus sign) together to decrease it.

Alternative Text

All the images on the website are tagged with ALT text so that a description of the image is available to blind users.

W3C WAI-ARIA Landmark Roles

The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (ARIA) defines a set of common "landmarks" which can be used by screen readers to assist navigation between the main components of a web page.

The FOWS website follows these guidelines and includes so-called landmarks for all Navigation, Banner (Headings) and Main content regions of each web page.

For more information about the WAI-ARIA initiative please see the W3C ARIA Overview web page.