Accessibility and Compatibility
1. When referring to 'sites', 'website' or 'websites'... we are referring to one or all of the following websites countyfetes.co.uk, summerfetes.co.uk, villagefetes.co.uk, cateringads.co.uk, wholesalerads.co.uk, flexyourplastic.com and livingwithnature.com
2. When referring to 'Villagefetes'... we are referring to the business that owns the websites above (1).
What is Web Accessibility?
Put simply web accessibility refers to the practice of creating websites that are usable by people of all abilities and importantly those with disabilities on a wide range of devices from mobile phones to desktop computers.
Our Accessibility Policy
We are fully committed as an online business to making all of our websites fully accessible to as wide an audience as practically possible. We support many of the principles put together by The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) produced by the World Wide Web Consortium, and will continue to design new content and improve older content to comply with many of those recommended guidelines. With that said, complying to new standards comes at a price and with people using a multitude of mobile and desktop devices using old and new web browsers it's becoming increasingly difficult and resource intensive to create backward compatible websites, particularly for pre 2011 browsers.
HTTPS Encryption and Data Security
The secure transfer of user data to and from our websites and servers is taken very seriously at Villagefetes and as a result upgrading all our websites to HTTPS was made priority back in 2016. However due to the lack of backward handling on modern servers to non HTTPS capable web browsers, this upgrade in itself has forced us to abandon the practice of ensuring accessibility to all pre 2011 browsers particularly those running on Windows XP or older OS's. The introduction of using site wide encryption has also meant that sending a referring URL from our sites to non secure domains has impacted those monitoring click thru stats, although we have put in place a temporary fix, as the internet moves over to full encryption the problem will be self fixing with passing time.
Older Web Browsers
Although many of our website pages may still currently view well in some older web browsers (pre 2011), we can confidently predict that over the next few years the current accessibility for users with very old browsers will disappear completely. Given the design limitations and resources required in creating backward compatible content, as from 2016 Villagefetes accessibility policy is that we will only check content for full accessibility and compatibility in the current and two previous versions of any one particular browser. However most of our websites will continue to work in pre 2016 browsers with only a small amount of features and appearance downgrades along with a loss of mobile responsiveness.
Browsing and Security Improvements
We regularly check all our websites for accessibility in the recent versions of popular web browsers but to make the most of our new website features and to improve your security online we always recommend that you update to the latest version of your chosen web browser and OS (operating system). However that's not always practical nor affordable, so if you still use an OS and browser after the end of support ensure you have the final version with all available updates, we would suggest that Firefox and Google Chrome are less problematic at handling modern websites than Microsoft® Internet Explorer.
Ongoing Accessibility Improvements
HTML Emails and Newsletters
All our emails and newsletters are designed with the same principals as set out above, to be accessible and readable by as wide an audience as practically possible on as many email client programs or email readers. HTML emails (not plain text) layouts are still tables based and have not moved forward much over the past years (in terms of standards) unlike standards based web pages. Problems in viewing visually appealing HTML emails usually arise through the limitations of the various email software and the "auto turn off" of images.
Email Client or Reader Compatibility
All our HTML email and newsletters are regularly checked for compatibility using the online platform "Email on Acid" and though manual design compatibility checking using the following guide that can be downloaded and viewed by clicking on the following link Campaign Monitor CSS Support
If you have any comments or experience any difficulty or problem viewing either the website, content or our email newsletters please contact us with details of the software and version being used, your operating system, your screen resolution settings, your device and model plus a good description of the problem with the address of the webpage causing the problem.