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Accessibility

This website has been designed and developed to be accessible to a wider range of people than before, including those using assistive technology, to make it easier to use, quicker to download, display better across a wide range of devices and platforms, and simpler to update and modify. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problems accessing our content or suggestions for improvement. 

Structural Content

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 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, usually somewhere in the “View” menu. Please see the font size area in this section for more details on customisation.

Alternative Content

We are making every effort to ensure that we are not excluding users. For example, for those who use screenreader or speech browser software, we have provided sensible alternative text for images where this alternative text will aid your understanding of the webpage. Please do contact us if you discover an image that does not have suitable alternative text.

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, we will endeavour to make them as accessible as possible.

Javascript Alternative

We have provided alternative content for those users without Javascript enabled in their browsers. While scripting can be used to enhance functionality of webpages, they can also make the pages inaccessible. When designing webpages using scripts, we ensure the JavaScript is directly accessible or provide an accessible, non-JavaScript alternative.

Headers

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: 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.

Tables

We do not use tables except to display tabular data. For users of screenreaders and speech browsers, we associate headers with their respective rows and columns to aid legibility.

Older browsers

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.

Access Keys

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 additional, site-specific access keys were not helpful.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions or difficulties using the site, or if you have suggestions to make our websites more accessible.