This logo means that this site achieves a minimum technical standard for accessibility. Read about web standards below
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Tell us if you are having problems accessing this site
You can do this by adding your comments to the Comments page.
- Please help us to address your issue by including the link to the page or pages that you are having trouble with.
- Also tell us the name of the browser that you are using (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.)
The Comments link also appears at the bottom (or footer) of every page on this site.
If you cannot find something where you expect it to be, or something is difficult to use, then we would like you to tell us about it.
You can see how many visitors we get to this website on the site stats page. This is updated each month.
For general guidance on how to get the most from your browser go to the BBC's My Web My Way site.
This site has been designed based upon sound usability principles. Though we consider this to be the right approach the site has to work in the real world.
The best way to approach this problem is to test with real people. We have already done some initial user testing
using volunteers from Bolton. Testing the site using people who have never used
it before is one the best ways to objectively test usability. We believe the
site passed that test.
If you find a problem that proves to be significant, the chances are that this can be quickly and easily corrected. This is because the site is built using a web-based Content Management System (CMS).
What this means in practice is that the site editor can access and change any page on the site very easily.
Is the information up to date?
It can be frustrating if an article on the web doesn't have a publication date and you need to know the information you are reading is current. If you want to check how recently any page on this site was published you can check the date printed at the bottom of each page.
For instance: the footer to this page will tell you that this page was last updated on 19 February 2009.
Bolton Museum and Archive Service is a Bolton Council service and these web pages have to comply with nationally agreed technical guidelines. This is true for all local government sites. These guidelines are in place to ensure a basic level of accessibility.
Since 2004 all public service sites have had to comply with what is known as the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) standard. The WAI describes three levels of compliance. These are labelled as A, AA and AAA
This site is designed to comply with the AA standard. If you think that these pages do not comply then please let us know.
Anyone with access to the internet can check that a web page is compliant by using the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) online validation tool.
Here is an example of this page's online validation report. Every single page on this site should meet these requirements.
Using the validation tool shows that this site validates as XHTML 1.0 Transitional which means that we can display the following W3C logo. Of course it could be that some pages do not comply, if you find any please let us know.
In practice passing this test ensures a minimum level of
compliance. All pages should display as they were intended in any current web
browser and using all the most common screen sizes. This is referred to as "interoperability" by the W3C.
If you happen to be using an older web browser, all the information on this site might not display as intended. Even so, you should still be able to view text and images and navigate through the pages without any problem.
- guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility
- support materials to help understand and implement Web accessibility
- resources, through international collaboration"
Nielsen has been actively researching and consulting on the subject of
usable and accessible web design right from the inception of the World Wide Web.
tool allows you to copy the address of a web page (e.g.
www.a-site.com) and check to see if it meets basic compliance with web
The team are fully commited to applying usability and accessibility principles in web design and online applications.
The site is built on the Plone open source online ciontent management system.