Martin Murdoch's home pages - Welcome!

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 until they make a real effort to make it 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 linkinhead2( "http://www.nvaccess.org", "NVDA 2014.2 now available");
Just downloaded & installed the latest version of NVDA, please do take a look & 
donate to the project if you find it useful.
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.
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
gate.
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
gives me some practical purpose to play with HTML and 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 2014.2 with Espeak, Vocalizer & BRLTTY 4.4-1,
* Jaws 15.0.4004 (minimal testing due to lack of braille support),
* Various Alva Braille terminals,
* Internet explorer 11,.0 Mozilla firefox 30.0 & Google chrome on Windows 7 64
  bit.
* 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 
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.
Please do drop in again soon!
Site last amended - 19 July 2014 at 13:30