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Accessibility on the MindMyHouse website

Here at MindMyHouse, we have made a really big effort at making the MindMyHouse website as accessible as possible to all people. To do that, we have followed standard accessibility and usability good practice as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).This has meant a great deal of extra work for us, but we think it's worth it.

The website is guaranteed to work in a variety of web browsers and platforms (including screenreaders and other assistive devices), but if it doesn't work in somewhere in the world, just drop us a message and we will see if we can fix it. See further below for a list of supported web browsers.

For the technically minded, we have developed our pages using standard XHTML and CSS specifications published by the W3C. We have also endeavoured to ensure that most top level pages are fully validated and aim to comply with the AA (or level 2) of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines. Where possible, we have incorporated many AAA (or level 3) features like table-less CSS layouts, which will make life much better for those screenreader users out there.

Access keys/keyboard shortcuts

You can use the following access keys on the site:

Windows, press ALT + AccessKey then ENTER
Macintosh, press Control + AccessKey.

  • Access key s - Skip to content
  • Access key n - Skip to navigation
  • Access key 1 - Home page
  • Access key 2 - Skip to sitemap

Text size

You can increase the size of the text on this website easily by going to the view menu and selecting text size in your web browser. Text sizes can be scaled up or down in this way. If you have selected a very large type size, you may want to consider changing the layout – you can do this by selecting the large and simple view, or the default view.

Javascript

Javascript has been used sparingly on our site. If you don't have it turned on in your web browser, don't worry, the site will still work without javascript enabled. All you will be missing is some rich functionality and mapping (provided by Google), but all of the core functionality and all content is still fully accessible without javascript. The Local Sitter search will still work without the Google mapping components and provides text-only results.

Display

The MindMyHouse website can be best viewed at 1024x768 pixels or larger.

Browsers

The MindMyHouse website is supported by all of the A-grade browsers listed here: http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/articles/gbs/, except for Internet Explorer version 6 or below. If you have this browser, please upgrade to the latest version.

Known problems

There are known problems with 'content blocking software', 'ad blocking software' or software that filters content (to protect children etc) installed on your computer. It could be removing certain keywords, links or even whole pages from the MindMyHouse website. In particular, common anti-virus and security products like Norton Internet Security will strip out content around the word ‘advert’, irregardless of which web browser you are using.

To see the correct version of MindMyHouse with all of its functionality intact you will need to either turn this content blocking software off or edit your preferences to add the website www.mindmyhouse.com to the list of sites exempt from content and ad blocking. We currently have no external advertising on MindMyHouse. The term 'advert' is only used to refer to our members listings for house sitting services.