Martin Murdoch's home pages - Welcome!

The following video clip shows 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
We held 3 public running weekends on the Blatchington branch railway this year,
hundreds of people over the 6 days enjoyed a ride round & helped us  raise a 
total of 1,872 - many thanks for your generosity.

Thanks to all who came along & an even bigger thanks to my friends for giving
up their time to help.  All being well we will be doing it all again next year
so we look forward to seeing you then.
Latest video of my garden railway
NV access have now released version 2017.3 of their excellent free screen 
reading software.  I have now been using NVDA rather than Jaws for many 
years on all my machines.  Please do give it a trial run & if you find it 
useful please do make a donation to NV access to keep the project going.
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 2017.3 with Espeak, Vocalizer & BRLTTY 5.5,
* Various Alva Braille terminals, mainly Alva satelite 584 pro,
* Mozilla firefox 56.0 (64 bit), Internet explorer 11.0, Google chrome &
  Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 64 bit (version 1607 Anniversary).
* Firefox on Samsung galaxy S5 running Android 6.0.1 (Talkback version 5.1) &
   BRLTTY 5.5

I'm no longer testing with:-
* Jaws screen reader due to lack of Braille support of 64 bit systems & price.
* Windows XP, 7 or 8.1

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 - 19 October 2017 at 08:05