Accessibility and design

Accessibility has always been the first principle in this site's design. New page designs are tested in the text-only browser Lynx. Any page which works in Lynx ought to work with, for example, a screen-reader program that speaks it aloud.

If you simply want the text to be larger, you can do that easily. Since 2010 or so web browsers have standardised on a keyboard short-cut to enlarge text:  Control + . That is: press the key labelled  Control  or  Ctrl  and keep pressing it while you hit the  +  key.


Colour key

This site should work in monochrome. But if you can see it in colour, we give hints on the nature of links:

Note: All external sites will open in a new browser "window". If your browser fills the whole of your computer's screen, this will hide the London Freelance window behind it.

Part of the point of this feature is to stress that neither the NUJ nor London Freelance Branch nor the editor can be responsible for the content of any external site. And to help you avoid that "lost in cyberspace" feeling: as soon as you're finished with that external site, and the links you followed from it, you're back here.


Standards

The key to accessibility is to comply with the standards for Web design thoughtfully developed by the World-Wide Web Consortium - w3.org. Most pages on this site pass the W3C validator tests - though we do allow ourselves a couple of small exceptions that make them work with non-standard browsers.


Some pages look so old...

That's because they are. Maintaining archive pages as a "Web design museum" is a quite deliberate decision. We can't reproduce the smell of a musty clipping from the newspaper "morgue", so this is the next best way of reminding readers that all text has context.

Some older pages that have external links open them all in one window. If under these conditions you swap back to the NUJ window, clicking on a further external link may appear to cause nothing to happen (because it's happening in the background).