Accessibility


This website is designed to high standards of accessibility so that as many site visitors as possible can easily view
its content and use its features. We will continue to work toward improving accessibility.


We comply with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) Level A guidelines for accessibility and we are
committed to improving.

 

Accessibility features

 

Text resizing
The website makes use of relative text sizes, allowing text to be resized within the browser, a feature supported by all modern visual web browsers. The site layout has also been constructed and styled in a manner designed to facilitate text resizing without presenting obstacles to accessibility.

 

Valid XHTML mark-up
The website conforms to W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional mark-up to ensure that the content of the site can be accessed across as wide a range of technologies as possible. Best practice in semantic mark-up is used to give meaningful context to non-standard browser technologies and assistive technologies.

 

Progressive enhancement
Cascading style sheets (CSS) and JavaScript are used throughout the website, to enhance both the visual appearance of the site and the user experience. Progressive enhancement techniques are employed so that the site is fully functional if either technology is disabled or is not supported.

 

Colour combinations
Where possible, the site uses text foreground/background colour combinations which produce a strong contrast, along with increased line-height and white-space, in order to increase the readability of content.

 

Images
There are few images on this website or within documents and where possible images are not used to convey complex information. However, where images have been applied, the content of is described using alt tags to convey the meaning of the image to non-visual technologies.

 

Documents
This website uses standard document formats (for example, HTML, Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat). If your computer does not have software to open particular formats, you can download file readers from Microsoft or Adobe.

 

Change your browser settings

 

If you want to alter the way you view any web site, from the size of text to the colour of hyperlinks, you can change some of the options in your Internet browser.Follow the instructions for your browser type below. Note: These settings will change your browsers accessibility configuration for all websites.

 

If you have problems changing your settings, use the Help menu in your browser toolbar.

 

Changing text size
In Internet Explorer on a PC, select the View menu at the top of the screen. To change font size, scroll down and select the Text size option.

 

Document text size

 

Use the Zoom feature in the toolbar to change the text size of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat documents. Changing colour and fonts


PC users can override website colour and font page styles by modifying browser settings:

With Internet Explorer, from the Tools menu, select Internet Options. Within Internet Options, select the General tab and click Accessibility.

 

This gives a page of menu options from which you can tick a box to ignore the predefined page style. Return to the Internet Options menu, and select your own colours and fonts.

 

Macintosh users can override website colour and font page styles by modifying browser setting. With Internet Explorer, from the top menu bar, select Preferences.

 

Within the Web Browser section, select Web content and uncheck the Show style sheets tick box. Select Language/fonts and choose the preferred text size from the font options.

 

Keyboard navigation

 

Keyboard navigation is an alternative to the mouse for browsing websites.

 

Use the arrow keys to scroll up or down pages. Use the tab key to move between links, and press return or enter to select one. Use the backspace key to go back to the previous page.


Further information about web accessibility

For further information about web accessibility and web standards visit World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)