Accessibility

Accessibility

We have taken care to design and build our website to make it easy to access for all our visitors.  We have ensured that the site achieves the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Priority 1 criteria. We have also kept to a number of coding standards set out by the W3C. This means that the site should be easily visible on a number of different platforms.

Navigation

Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.

Font size

We have provided tools at the foot of the homepage of the website to make the size of the body text of the site larger. You can also use your browser to set the text size. This can normally be done via the browser's View menu (Go to 'view', choose 'text size', and select the appropriate font size, for example 'larger').

However if you need to further customize how your browser views our website, much more detailed advice can be found by following the links below.

Advice from the BBC showing users how to make full use of accessibility settings in browsers and operating systems.

Advice for Microsoft users

Advice for Apple users

Advice for Linux users

Links

We try to ensure that link text makes sense out of context and that it accurately describes the pages it points to. You can use the tab key on your keyboard (as well as your mouse) to move consecutively from link to link.

Images

A description of every image is provided, either in the alt tag or on the page itself.

PDF files

Some of the information on our website is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website.

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader