We have tried to make this website as accessible as possible and easy to use for everyone, regardless of circumstance or ability. This website has been designed and developed to be accessible to a wider range of people than before, including those using assistive technology, making them easier to use, quicker to download, display better across a wide range of devices and platforms, and are simpler to update and modify. Below is information about some of the features we have implemented. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problems accessing our content. We have tried to cater for as many people as possible but there may be occasions when we can further improve our accessibility.
Accessible websites start from the foundation of strucutral valid HTML code. As the building blocks of the internet, structural valid HTML displayed in conjunction with valid Cascading Style Sheets separate design from content, ensuring a quick download time, accessible viewing, and the most consistent look and feel across standards-compliant browsers. At the time of launch, this website is deemed fully-compliant to the W3C standards. However websites change over time and errors can creep in. If you find anything that needs addressing, please contact us and it will be rectified immediately.
All our page templates comply with the WCAG Priority 2 checkpoints as a minimum requirement. And we make every effort to ensure that all the content on our site meets this standard too.
Changing the font size
Accessible websites allow you to customize the font size to suit your personal preferences. Most browsers will allow you to change the font size. Most browsers have a similar feature - usually somewhere in the “View” menu. Please see the font size area in this section for more details on customisation
We are making every effort to ensure that we don't exclude any users. For example:
For those members of our audience who use screenreader or speech browser software, we’ve provided sensible alternative text for images where this alternative text will aid your understanding of the webpage. If you discover an image that does not have suitable alternative text, please contact us.
We try to publish all our text content as accessible HTML rather than in other formats such as PDF. Where we do publish PDFs or other formats our policy is to make them as accessible as we can.
Our pages use structured headers to aid legibility. The first header on the page is the main content header followed by any appropriate sub-headers. This aids users of certain screenreaders and speech browsers - for instance: JAWS users can type INSERT+F6 to hear all the headers on the page, or CTRL+INSERT+ENTER to quickly navigate through the page by skipping to the next header.
We do not use tables, except for the display of tabular data. For users of screenreaders and speech browsers, we associate headers with their respective rows and columns to aid legibility.
CSS, which we use for layout and design, is not fully supported by older web browsers, resulting in unpredictable display. We recommend always updating your favorite browser to the most current and most standards compliant form to get the best out of the web.
We decided not to use access keys after they caused confusion in our user testing. (The users who might have benefited from access keys already used keyboard shortcuts, and said that additional, site-specific access keys were not helpful.)
Please contact us if you have any questions, if you are having difficulties using the site, or would like to know more about what we are doing to make our websites accessible.