The Energylinx website can be viewed in different formats to guarantee ubiquitous
accessibility, cross platform compatibility and functionality which welcomes
all users and user agents. This flexibility provides for a service without
discrimination and attempts to serve the largest potential group of users.
Three formats are available and if you have cookies enabled your choice of
format will be stored for your next visit and automatically loaded when you
re-visit. Formats can be changed "on the fly", there is no need to
re-load the page:
- Standard, the graphic design view: This is the pixel perfect translation
of the graphic visualisation the web site was conceived in. It is a graphic
design brought to the web, the site default and optimised for the most common
browser and screen settings. Everyone who accesses the site with a desktop
computer and is happy to accept the designers view will default to this format.
- Liquid, the web view: Visitors who prefer browsing with many browser windows
open, like to re-size windows, have side bars loaded in their browser or
just simply like to fill their screen horizontally instead of seeing the
fixed width restraint should choose this option. It automatically makes the
design adapt to most screen resolutions and browser window sizes without
the need for horizontal scrolling. On higher resolution screens this means
that more information is visible at a glance, on low resolution or small
screens it means the information in visible without scrolling. This format
empowers the user to view the site the way he likes as opposed to a designer
- Accessible: Even more flexible and back to the basics. It is text only
and can therefore be viewed by anyone with an internet connection from internet
capable mobile phones, PDAs to text only browsers, screen readers or simply
those who access the site via modem and are not willing to wait for images
to load. This version also features larger letters to increase readability.
Making these formats available creates barrier free access and provides accessibility
- Text only browsers
- Old and outdated browsers
- Slow Internet connections such as modems or mobile devices
- Small displays such as PDAs, Pocket PCs mobile phones or old PC monitors
- Screen readers used by blind or visually impaired visitors
- Mice controlled by head, feet or mouth used by physically impaired people
- Keyboard only navigation for those who cannot use a mouse for technological
or physical reasons
- Those who simply wish to view the site the way they are most comfortable
instead of being constrained by designer imposed limitations.
In addition all formats feature re-sizeable, non fixed size fonts to accommodate
for user preference.
All code, HTML and CSS is valid according to W3.org recommendations for cross
platform compatibility, accessibility norms. This makes this web site part
of an interoperable, accessible, flexible and functional world wide web.
In addition to the styles outlined above all pages also have an embedded print
style sheet. This automatically eliminates unnecessary images and re-formats
the page to neatly fit A4 printable text format. The Print Preview shows that
only headlines and text remain upon white background to provide a clean printout
of all pages content. This style sheets loads automatically as the page goes
to print, no action is required by the user.