Martin Murdoch's home pages - Welcome!
After a long delay I'm back on the case & am hoping to to a large number
of updates to these pages to bring them back up to date. Please see my
latest news pages for more details.
I've now had feedback from Sainsbury's regarding the access problem on their
shopping site, they have identified the problem but owing to limits on spending
the error is not likely to be put right until January 2014, meanwhile they
have said that I can use the phone ordering service without charge - a good
offer but I won't be using Sainsbury's until they put the site right - I wonder
if there was a problem that broke other laws whether they would say to the
authorities that we will put it right when we can afford it & whether those
same authorities would say "fine, do what you can, no rush!"
Following recent updates to the Sainsbury's online shopping site I'm sad to
report that it is no longer fully accessible, the problem arises when the
site makes suggestions regarding products to try - screen readers report the
wrong product title thus when ordering milk the product added to
my basket was chocolate (watch out fore heading level 5 items)
Meanwhile I'll try their mobile phone alternative or use ASDA instead!
Just downloaded & installed the latest version of NVDA, please do
take a look & donate to the project if you find it useful.
Sorry if you have had problems finding this page over the last few days but
Talktalk decided to drop my web allocation without letting me know - Well done
boys, very professional!
I'll be shifting things around over the next few days so some of the photos may
come & go without warning!
After many years using Nokia phones I took the decision to jump to an
Android device & picked up a Samsung galaxy siii 16gb. See my Android pages
for further details.
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!
As we have had a wet day or two I've spent some time going through some old
boxes of photo's adding some further family pictures to the gallery page.
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 2013.2 with Espeak, Vocalizer & BRLTTY 4.4-1,
* Jaws 14.0.4004 (minimal testing due to lack of braille support),
* Various Alva Braille terminals,
* Internet explorer 10, Mozilla firefox 24.0 & 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 - 22 April 2014 at 15:00