Accessibility statement

We take accessibility seriously at Waterstones.com.

Waterstones are committed to meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and we are making every effort to ensure our communications are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments

We have strived to make this website adhere to priority 1, 2 and 3 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Access keys

Most modern browsers support jumping to specific links by typing an 'access key'. On Windows, you do this by pressing ALT + the access key; on Macintosh, you press Control + the access key.

Links

In the majority of cases the text of the link already fully describes the target. Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow you to browse the links separately from the page.

Link text is never duplicated. Two links on the same page with the same link text always point to the same address.

PDFs

We continually make efforts to minimise the number of PDFs on the site. Where they appear, they are accompanied by a link to the Adobe site where you can download free Acrobat Reader software, allowing you to view these documents. Adobe has recently updated its free reader to include screenreading functionality.

Help with finding content

Every page of the site features a 'Help' link at the top. Our Help section exists for the express purpose of helping you find your way to key information in the site. It also features tips on how to use search on the site.

Images

Decorative and functional images feature null ALT attributes. Other images on the site include descriptive ALT attributes.

Layout

The site is free of frames and uses a cascading style sheet for visual layout. Tables are used for tabular data, but we have avoided using them to dictate the layout of a page wherever possible.

The stylesheet uses relative font sizes and is written to display pages correctly in most commonly-used browsers. In early versions of browsers and browsing devices that do not support stylesheets at all, the flow of the content has been tested to ensure it entirely retains its sense.

Text size

Most modern browsers have an option to increase the size of viewable text. This is generally located in the top toolbar of your browser under the 'View' option. You can also use the CTRL key with the '+' plus key (to make text larger) or the '-' minus key (to make text smaller)

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