We adopt a positive approach to making information accessible, rather than seeing it as a concession or compromise. Not only are standards compliant websites cheaper and easier to develop and change, they maintain design integrity across a greater number of browsers and platforms, and perform better in search engines, thereby reaching a wider audience.
As the majority of our clients operate in the public sector, we are well versed in the evolving issues of standards compliance. Unless otherwise instructed, Platform3 builds websites to conform with W3C standards and we take the initiative to maintain and upgrade sites to be widely accessible.
Creating a truly accessible, functional and good looking website requires a versatile and intelligent application of standards – not just a ‘text book’ application.
Accessibility is not just about disability; it is more about equality of access to information, ie. you should be able to receive the same information whatever platform, device or software you are using, be it via a Blackberry or Hal screen reader or the latest desktop machine.
Because we design for all and exploit standards compliant technologies, the websites we build will deliver content in your visitors’ preferred formats and cope with a range of older and future technologies.
By using standards compliant css and XHTML, the website ‘skins’ we create are easy to change in the future without disrupting the content itself; so that, if desired, you can refresh the look and feel of your website without major expense.
Please let us know if you require more detailed technical information on our standards compliant build processes addressing the needs of equality groups.