We strive to ensure that our website is accessible to all by complying with the recommendations of the relevant industry standards and existing UK government legislation. This page provides details of what we have done to ensure standards compliance, and also illustrates some of the accessibility features contained within this site.
Accessibility Level and Testing Procedures
This website is accessible to the standards laid down by the WAI. We strive to attain level AA of the WCAG 1.0 document. Although it is impossible for any automated test to fully validate a website, we have carried out all the recommended manual checks, including testing with screen readers and text-only browsers. We hope that you have no problems using this site, but should you do so, please contact us and we will rectify the problem immediately.
1. Navigation: if you navigate without the use of a mouse, please use your tab key as usual.
2. Changing the font size. You are able to change the size of the font so the text is easier for you to read, the option to do this is on all pages. Note: This can also be done in your web browser.
The 2 most commonly used web browsers can be changed by following these instructions:
Internet Explorer (current version 9)
1. Click on the View menu
2. Select Text Size
3. Choose the size of text you would like
Firefox (current version 12)
1. Click on the View menu
2. Select Zoom
3. You can then zoom in or zoom out on the text to change the size
Refer to your browser’s help menu or see the external links section for help changing your settings in other web browsers.
Opening and downloading Adobe Acrobat documents
If you do not already have it installed, you can download the Adobe Acrobat reader from here. The current version of Acrobat Reader has improved accessibility features and includes the facility to read the text out loud.
Please note that Adobe Acrobat documents can be converted back to plain text using Adobe's Web-based conversion service.
All the code used on this site is standards compliant. If you wish to do so, you may check both our html and css compliance by using the W3C html validation service, the css validation service from the same organisation, or any other validation service such as Validome.
Having problems accessing our site? Contact us
If you find that you cannot access any of our content, please let us know. We will make every reasonable effort to either remove the barrier or provide the information in a format that you find acceptable.
The introduction of new browsers after the launch of this site may affect some of its features.