The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) requires that goods and services are offered on equal terms to people with disabilities. In accordance with the 2002 Code of Practice: Rights of Access to Goods, Facilities, Services and Premises, West Middlesex Family History Society is committed to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience. Wherever possible it has been designed to comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and we are confident that it meets all Priority 1 and most Priority 2 and 3 requirements.

Setting up your computer

It may be possible to adjust the settings of your operating system to make it easier to use. The following website links provide assistance on this topic:

Most browsers also provide options for users to customise the appearance of a web page (e.g. changing text size and colours) for improved accessibility.

Site testing

Initial development of the website was tested with the following browsers under Microsoft Windows:

  • Internet Explorer 8.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 41.0.2
  • Opera 9.26
  • Netscape Navigator

It was also checked for usability with the screen reader software IBM Home Page Reader 3.021.

All development since 2015 has been tested using Mozilla Firefox 49.0.1.

Access keys

Most browsers support the use of access keys to allow users to jump directly to specific web pages or parts of a page. This site has a number of defined access keys, specified in the table below, which follow UK Government guidelines.

Access keyAction
SSkip Navigation
1Home page
3Site Map
9Send feedback

With most Windows-based browsers, users should be able to press the required access key while holding down the ALT key. Some may then require the ENTER key to be pressed. Users of Macintosh computers should instead hold down the CTRL key while pressing the required access key.

Note that some assistive technology software products already make use of specific key combinations which may conflict with the use of these access keys.

Aspects of site design

Images used on this site include alt or title attributes in order to provide a verbal description of the image (or the function it serves in the case of images used as links). This allows the site to be viewed with images disabled and facilitates its use with screen reader software. Exceptions to this protocol are images that convey no information, such as those used for layout purposes.

All pages of this site should print normally in standard A4 portrait format. Page headers, footers, navigation menus and sidebar information are removed from the printed pages, but the targets of link fields are added, for clarity. (Note that this last feature is not available in all browsers.)

For best results, it is recommended that this site be viewed full screen at a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or higher.

Society news

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 19th April 2018 at St. John's Centre, Isleworth. Doors open at 7.15 pm. The focus of the meeting will be a talk by Judy Hill titled Victorian Life Below Stairs.

Next Advice Session

Our next Advice Session will be held at Feltham Library on Saturday 17th March from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.


We have now had our first meeting (the AGM) at St. John's Centre, Isleworth, where all future meetings will be held. Do please join us if you can.

Give a lift - Take a lift

See this page if you can give lifts, or need a lift to meetings.

Previous news

Recent updates


Contacts page updated.


New image (and tip) of the month.


Committee minutes for January added to Members Area.


Fairs page updated.


Digital copy of journals for 2000 added.


Meetings page updated.


Journal summary pages now link article summaries direct to the articles. See Updates page for more.

Previous updates

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