The Govan Stones team is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and adhere to current standards and guidlines to the best of our ability.

Access Keys

Windows users can navigate through the key elements of the site using the accesskeys defined in the table below. In most browsers the accesskey is invoked by pressing the ALT+Accesskey (PC), but Firefox users will need to press ALT+SHIFT+Accesskey. Please note that some Internet Explorer users may need to hit the return or enter key to activate a link. If you are a Mac user, use CTRL+Accesskey, or CTRL+OPT+Accesskey if you use Safari 4 or higher.

Access keys used on The Govan Stones website
Access key Function
0 Accessibility statement
1 Home page
2 Skip to main content
3 Contact
4 Search

Tab Key Navigation

Users who prefer to navigate through the site using the tab key can access main content and navigation features (top navigation bar and footer links).

Standards Compliance

The pages within The Govan Stones website comply with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as far as possible. We are working on reaching compliance with priority 3 guidelines. The pages within the site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional and all pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags and lower for subtitles.

The principal Cascading Style Sheets used on this site are validated to Level 2 (CSS2) Specification, as defined by the W3C. However, there are stylesheets specific to the Home and Timeline pages which do not validate as CSS2 compliant as they make use of CSS3 features which are currently designated at 'recommended' level status by W3C. These features are supported by all modern browsers but may cause problems for users of Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox 3 and below. We recommend you upgrade your browser to the latest version, although content will still be available if stylesheets are disabled.

Use of Javascript

Javascript is used on the Home and Time line pages. A noscript warning box will appear at the top of these pages where users have disabled Javascript on their browsers.


At the top of each page there is a 'Skip to main content' link mapped to a transparent graphic. This allows users of assistive technologies (e.g. screen readers) to bypass navigation links and go straight to the main page content. There is a global navigation bar at the top of each page. The sitemap has links to all the pages on the site.


All content images used in this site include descriptive 'alt' attributes. No flashing graphics are used.

Visual design

This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified 'text size' option in visual browsers. Style sheets are used to designate font size and colour, both in 'ordinary' text, linked text and layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

We would greatly appreciate user feedback on this site so if you have any comments, complaints or compliments, you can email the webmistress here:

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