Web Accessibility and Usability

The power of the web is in its universality

At Costa Patrick we have designed and developed this website paying close attention to eliminating barriers to content for certain types of users who, due to some disability or other difficulty, have access problems. Our goal has been to prepare this website so that it can be browsed by the largest number of users regardless of their differentiating characteristics, age, personal limitations and/or knowledge of new technologies. “The power of the web is in its universality”.

For the development of this web page, it has been based on compliance with the WCAG 2.1, web content accessibility guidelines established by the W3CCC (World Wide Web Consortium) for the  “double A” (AA) suitability level.

Accessibility

In the upper left corner you will find a button where you can adapt the use and viewing of this web page to your needs:

Web accessibility icon:

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  • Increase and decrease the font size.
  • View all text and images in grayscale.
  • Activate high contrast mode.
  • Activate negative contrast mode.
  • Turn on light background
  • Ability to underline all links.
  • Put basic font.
  • Reset to leave the default web page.
  • Website map to never get lost.
  • Help on our Accessibility.
  • Help about our Accessibility.

Usability

We try to make web browsing simple and uncomplicated, and we try to follow the following guidelines:

  • Fast page, optimizing the code of the web page (HTML and CSS) and hosted on secure and very fast servers.
  • Simple appearance to find all the information you need.
  • Different buttons to interact and communicate such as Whatsapp, messenger, contact forms and direct calls.
  • We use an elaborate web architecture so that all the content is well structured.
  • A good readability to enjoy all the contents.
  • We always apply the 3-click rule, to quickly navigate and find what you’re looking for.
  • Maximum security of the information and data entered under the https protocol.
  • Operability on most devices such as desktop PCs, laptops, smart TVs, tablets and mobiles. Applying the Responsive Web Design and development philosophy.

Additionally, our website contains:

  • Alternative textual content to non-textual content.
  • The main menu is visible on all pages.
  • The footer menu on all pages, with all access to our legal pages.
  • You can view this website with the latest versions of the most common browsers.
  • We implement the AntiSpam policy with Google’s reCptcha module (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) v.3. With this version, no warning or user information appears.

Different browsers use different keys to activate shortcuts. You have to keep in mind that for Windows the Ctrl key will be used, corresponding in the Mac system to the command key or cmd . The Windows  Alt key corresponds to the option key on Mac , (in some cases it is done with the help or Shift).

Here are the most common to navigate within the web page:

  • Tab or Tab: Move forward between clickable elements of the page or links.
  • Shift + Tab: Move back between clickable elements on the page.
  • / or /. To move around the document with the scroll arrows.
  • Ctrl + P: Print current page. On Mac it is + P.
  • Ctrl + S: Save current page. On Mac it is + S.
  • F5 or Ctrl + R: Reload current page . On Mac it is + R.
  • Shift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + R: Reload current page ignoring cache. On Mac it’s + Shift + R.
  • ESC: Stop page loading.
  • Ctrl + O: Open file. On Mac it is + O.
  • Ctrl + U: Open source code in a new tab. On Mac it is + Option + U.
  • Ctrl + D: Save to bookmarks or favorites. On Mac it is + D.
  • Ctrl + F or F3: Open the search bar to search within the current page. On Mac it is + F.
  • Ctrl + G: Go to the next search result within the current page. On Mac it is + G.
  • Ctrl + J: Open Downloads page. On Mac it is + Shift + J.
  • Ctrl + Shift + D: Save all tabs in markers. On Mac it is + Shift + D.
  • F11: Full screen mode. On Mac it is + Ctrl + F
  • Ctrl + +, Ctrl + : Zoom in or out on the page content. On Mac it is + +, + .
  • Ctrl + 0: Cancel zoom by restoring default size. On Mac it is + 0.
  • Space bar or Space or PageDown: Scroll down the page.
  • Shift + Space or PageUp: Scroll up in the page.
  • Home or End: Go to the beginning or the end of the page.
  • Alt + Home: Open home page in current tab. On Mac it is + Shift + H.

You can also combine the keyboard with the mouse to save yourself some clicks:

  • Drag link to tab bar: To open it in an already open tab or in a new one.
  • Ctrl + Click: Open link in new tab. On Mac it is + Click. You can also press the middle mouse button.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Click: Open link in new tab and go to it. On Mac it is + Shift + Click.
  • Shift + Click: Open link in new window.
  • Alt + Click: Download content of a link.
  • Drag tab off bar: Open tab in new window.
  • Ctrl + Scroll: Zoom in or out.
  • Shift + Scroll: Scroll horizontally on the page.

Web accessibility as a fundamental right

It is important to note that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities takes into account information, including accessible websites at all times, as a fundamental right.

It is important to mention that the implementation of web accessibility standards and regulations are essential, not only for people with disabilities, but also for the rest of the world.

On March 30, 2007, the European Union ratified and signed this Convention and, from this moment, it was signed by the 27 countries that comprise it.

We can remember that the General Assembly of the United Nations has different guidelines to constantly optimize web accessibility, adding the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines  (WCAG) of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), promoted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

These web accessibility guidelines benefit all those people with disabilities, permanent or not, among which we can name people with reduced mobility, reduced vision or blindness, hearing disabilities, as well as all those who require adaptations due to their age or environment limitation.

Our website is constantly growing and sometimes as humans we can overlook something, in addition to the constant advances in web development. At Costa Patrick we are aware that accessibility and usability is a constant process of improvement and we invite you to participate so that you can send us any suggestions that you consider appropriate and that can help improve this web page.

Do not hesitate to contact us at contact us. Thank you very much for your help.

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