Martin Murdoch's home pages - Welcome!
My garden railway was open to the public again last weekend the 6 & 7
September, more people than ever before took a ride round & in the process
help us raise a grand total of 290.11 for Hearing dogs for the deaf.
Many thanks to all that contributed to this lovely total.
NVDA have just announced the release of version 2014.3 of their screen reading
software, as always it's really worth down loading this new version - it is
an amazing bit of software that does as well as many of the comercial products.
If you do find it useful please do spread the word & also make a donation to
keep this project going.
Sadly at the 11th hour Kraken has had some health problems & it looks very much
like he might not be joining me. Such a shame both from my point of view as he
appeared to be full of life & was certainly going to keep me busy! & from the
trainers view as they have spent months bringing him up to working standards.
Just received an email from Skype announcing that they will soon be dropping
their support for Symbian devices, other smart phones continue as normal. No
reason was given but I suspect it must reflect the drop in sales of this OS.
I've just had the experience of trying to place an online order with
Sainsbury's. A few years ago it was so simple but now it is hopeless. They
even have the nerve to mention screen readers on their page but no way did they
test their site with one. This is a clear example of where the DDA is being
ignored - I first spoke to the Sainsbury's IT team in October 2013 & they have
ignored everything I mentioned & tried to help them with. I hope that all
blind folk will avoid their site & shop until they make a real effort to make
the site accessible again.
We have just had our most successful public days yet! A really big thankyou to
Jan Daynes, Marc Tiltman & all that helped over the weekend. Not only did
everybody seem to have a good time but we raised just over £250 for
Riding for the disabled in the process.
See the link below to see where your money is going - thanks to everybody.
Herons Ghyll riding for the disabled
Great to be able to say something nice about a shop for once, I'd like to thank
the staff at Morrisons Seaford for their friendly help when I visit the store
with my guide dog Trent. Even at the busiest times they manage to assist.
Now back in the UK after a week in the sun on the magic island of Santorini,
lots to write & plenty of pictures when I get a few minutes. Just one down
side & a plea to any visitors to the island - Do not use the Donkeys from Fira
to the harbour, no matter what the signs say the condition of these animals is
dreadful & it really is just not safe. I am ashamed to say we took the trip
down - it was bloody dangerous how nobody has been killed I just dont know.
Thanks to John Squire I was lucky enough to get a trip to the Lynton &
Barnstaple railway in his 1931 Rolls Royce to attend the lines gala weekend at
the end of September. Pictured above is the car with Sid, one of the locos
that was in steam for the weekend - a boys dream too, I had the chance to drive
the loco for a couple of minutes! Many thanks to Tony Nicholson for the copy
of the picture - my camera decided to play up at the vital moment!
Been doing lots of work on my garden railway over the last few weeks to have
produced a video showing what the line looks like now, there is a new wall in
the back garden with a rather attractive archway rather than the old standard
Just to show the world my mum is not the only person with green fingers in
this family, mind you it does help that it is the sort of plant you can
forget for up to a month without the bloody thing dying on you!
There are several reasons for why I started to build these pages, firstly it
will eventually, hopefully, provide examples of both attractive and accessible
web page design which can be used as an outline reference for others involved
in web page creation - who knows, the contents might even be useful!
This site is constantly being tested with a variety of screen readers & access
* NVDA version 2014.3 with Espeak, Vocalizer & BRLTTY 5.1-1,
* Jaws 15.0.4004 (minimal testing due to lack of braille support),
* Various Alva Braille terminals, mainly Alva satelite 584 pro,
* Internet explorer 11,.0 Mozilla firefox 32.0.3 & Google chrome on Windows 7 64
* Nokia N86 & N8 running Nuance talks version 5.31.4 (no longer testing on symbian),
* Firefox on Samsung galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2 (Talkback version 3.3.2)
The upshot of all this testing is that these pages should be fully accessible
by the blind & many of those using speech recognition systems.
I will be adding more detailed notes on design considerations with examples
of small HTML changes that will make all the difference to disabled
users being able to access your web pages easily.
The contents of these pages are always changing so please do visit frequently
to find updates.
If you have noticed any bugs on these pages or have found a broken link please
do let me know via the feedback form which can be found along with my contact
I'm always looking for bits to add so let me have links I should include
especially if they use fancy HTML that is still accessible.
Please do drop in again soon!
Site last amended - 26 September 2014 at 17:45