Martin Murdoch's home pages - Welcome!

The Blatchington branch garden railway is be open to the public over the 
weekend of 28 & 29 April so why not come along & play trains.

The following video clips show us testing my new loco & features a passenger
who will be our star prize for the April 2018 open weekend!
AP model engineering class 37 "Loch Trent" test run
Latest video of my garden railway
And if you can't make the April weekend we will hopefully be open again on the
7 & 8 July plus 8 & 9 September, see the Blatchington branch pages for full
details of these & other events.
After many hours of sitting at the keyboard I'm pleased to announce that there
is an update release to my sound scape project which hopefully is give or take
a bit bug free!

For those who have not come across this yet the sound scape system started
life just before Christmas 2017, during this time I've been working on creating
an ambiance generator which would add sounds to my N gauge model railway, with 
DCC sound coming from the engines the rest of the layout seemed rather dead.
The result of all this work is now taking shape in the form of the Sound Scape 
project which is a collection of web pages that pipe sound clips to Blue tooth 
speakers in the scenery on the layout.

There are churches, cottages, pubs & much, much more! To find out more & have a 
play take a look at:-
Sound scape control centre - updated 7 April 2018
NVDA 2018.1.1 has now been released offering the usual range of updates & 
improvements, link this with Firefox 60.0.1 & users will see a vast difference 
in speed & response.  For those using braille displays BRLTTY 5.6 is now 
available, don't forget that BRLTTY is also available for Android devices.
Many visitors to my garden railway will have come across my good friend Marc
Tiltman who helps me run & maintain the engines & track, few will know that he
suffers from Meniere's disease which effects his hearing & balance.  To help
spread the knowledge about this disease we have drafted a new page on this site
with details of the problem & possible sources of help.
The new Meniere's page
Over the last few weeks I've been busy adding bits to these pages, for music
fans I'd like to draw your attention to a new page under the useful links area,
Eamonn's real music page contains loads of listening recommendations with links
to YouTube clips to give you a taster of many of the artists, we are still 
working on adding more artists & improving search & display but do take a look &
let us know what you think:-
Eamonn's real music page
Following a visit from David & Alexander Henshaw from Miniature railway 
magazine earlier this year I'm very pleased to say that the Blatchington branch,
my garden railway, is featured in issue 39 of the publication which is released 
today.  For more details click on the link below:-
Miniature Railway issue 39 is out now as a 99p digital download!
For those of you currently on DLA you might find the following link of interest,
it's a very strange & scarey process for many, people being told that you cant
be blind as you are looking at them etc. & that is from the expert assessing 
you for the benefit!  Don't panic though, many are successful with their claim.
PIP assistance
Went to my good friend Mike gold's 50th a few days ago & Jan managed to catch
this picture of St. Paul's church Chigwell - hope you like it.

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 Kraken.  Even at the busiest times they manage to assist.
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!
Just to show the world my mum was 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
gives me some practical purpose to play with HTML & Javascript, secondly 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
devices including:-

* NVDA version 2018.1.1 with Espeak, Vocalizer & BRLTTY 5.6,
* Various Alva Braille terminals, mainly Alva satelite 584 pro,
* Mozilla firefox 60.0.1 (64 bit), Internet explorer 11.0, Google chrome &
  Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Creators edition 64 bit.
* Firefox on Samsung galaxy S5 running Android 6.0.1 (Talkback version 5.1) &
   BRLTTY 5.6

I'm no longer testing with:-
* Jaws screen reader due to lack of Braille support of 64 bit systems & price.
* Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.1.  7 & 8.1 should not be a problem.

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 
details.

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.

Just a small bit of legal stuff here, although most of the material contained 
in these pages is largely in the public domain please do contact me before 
using any text, photos or videos to double check that they are free to use.

Please do drop in again soon!


Site last amended - 21 May 2018 at 21:04