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Website Accessability

The Athenaeum Lodge Guest House website has been designed with accessibility issues in mind and has been tested in various ways to meet accessibility standards.


  • All pages on this site comply with all priority 1, 2, and in most cases, 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Please bear in mind that many of these guidelines are intentionally vague and can therefore not really be tested automatically.
  • All pages on this site aim to validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and use CSS 2.1 for visual presentation. Use of tables for non-tabular information is kept to a minimum.
  • All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.
  • Pages can be navigated and its content read without requiring the use of a mouse.
  • Visual design

  • Cascading styles sheets are used for visual layout
  • If stylesheets are unsupported by your browser, the content of the pages is still readable
  • Images used only as part of the overall site design have null ALT attributes
  • Text size

  • For those who do use a mouse (with a wheel) text size can be adjusted by holding down the CONTROL key on the keyboard and moving the mouse wheel accordingly
  • Fonts sizes used are relative
  • Images

  • Content images (i.e. those not used for overal site design) used on this site include descriptive ALT attributes
  • Navigation

  • In order to make a clear distinction for those using screen readers, all adjacent navigation links are separated by non-links
  • Links

  • Where required, links employ title attributes to describe the destination in greater detail
  • Links are written to still make sense, even out of context
  • Where the destination of a given link will take the user to a new window, this is clearly indicated for the visually impaired
  • Adjacent links are always separated by non-link text
  • Forms

  • A tab index has been employed on our enquiry form page, for those not using a mouse
  • All of the input elements in the forms on this site are marked up with label tags
  • Forms
  • We use 4 types of Google Analytics cookies on the site. They track visitor information for each visit and for returning visits. The detailed description of each cookie is: 

  • _utma: This cookie is typically written to your browser upon the first visit to our site from your web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by yourself, and you subsequently visit our site, a new _utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.

  • _utmb: This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with our site. When you view a page on our site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time you visit a different page on our site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as your activity continues within 30 minute intervals. This cookie expires when you pause on a page on our site for longer than 30 minutes.

  • _utmc: This cookie operates in conjunction with the _utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for you. In particular, this cookie is not provided with an expiration date, so it expires when you exit your browser. Should you visit our site, exit your browser and then return to our website within 30 minutes, the absence of the _utmc cookie indicates that a new session needs to be established, despite the fact that the _utmb cookie has not yet expired.

  • _utmz: This cookie stores the type of referral used by yourself to reach our site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within our own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to our site.


The information contained in this website is, to the best or our knowledge, true and accurate at the time of publication and is solely for informational purposes. All information on this site is intended to be accurate. We accept no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising as a result of use or reliance on these web pages, or on the information thereon, or in respect of information accessed via any links from the Web pages. No information on this site is intended to serve as legal advice.

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