Link - Ali Baba 2005 (Blackpool Illuminations)


This is a personal website for Sarah Myerscough. It does not represent the views of, nor is it endorsed by, Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Council, Visit Blackpool or Blackpool Pleasure Beach.


Visual Design

Every effort is made to ensure that the visual design of websites powered by can be successfully experienced by all visitors.


As much as possible, where acronyms are used on a site, an acronym tag is added which states what they stand for. Where this occurs, the acronym is underlined with a dotted line and when the mouse cursor is put over it a tool-tip appears.

  • For example, BBC

The acronym tag also helps Assistive Technology in identifying an acronym.


The design has been tested using a variety of different browsers, both modern and old, to ensure that it can be viewed by the largest number of visitors possible.

Browsers tested include:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Konquerer
  • Lynx
  • NCSA Mosaic
  • Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer


The design makes use of colours that provide maximum contrast between foreground and background items. All page content is presented with a white background and black primary text.


All online forms within the site have labels attached to the fields to ensure that the purpose of a field is read out to any visitors using Assistive Technology.


The design does not make any use of frames as they can cause navigation problems for Assistive Technology.


All graphics and images throughout the site are assigned an alt-text attribute, which helps to describe the contents or function of the item.

Screen Resolution

Although, the site is best displayed using a screen resolution of 800 x 600, it has been designed and tested to ensure that it will display correctly at any resolution on any browser.

The text on a page should always be viewable without any sideways scrolling. Horizontal scroll bars will only appear where an image displayed within the content is wider than the chosen resolution.


Within the site, all tables carry meaningful table summaries and table headers to ensure that Assistive Technology can successfully interpret the contents. Tables are never used for decorative layout as this can also cause confusion.