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This is the accessibility statement for this website.
We recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all user groups, including the disabled
- We have implemented the following accessibility features on this website to make it easier to use for people with disabilities.
- You may need to review the accessibility features in your browser.
- Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you experience any difficulty using it.
Please note: While we aim to provide full accessibility in all new content on the website, some of our older pages may not yet meet all the standards outlined here.
The following features improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers
At the start of every page is a short menu that allows you to jump directly to the most important parts of the page, including main content and navigation. Each of these also has an access key associated with it.
Sighted users who use the keyboard to navigate will see these links appear on screen when using the Tab key to navigate through the page.
Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that replace the need to use the mouse for navigation in browsers that support them. In Internet Explorer on Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. Then press Enter to activate the link.
The following access keys are available thoughout the website:
- - Skip navigation
- - Home page
- - Access key details
These access keys have been chosen to follow the UK Government website guidelines where applicable, in order to support the adoption of a useful standard. Wherever possible, they also avoid conflicting with commonly-used screen reader keyboard shortcuts.
Structured, semantic markup: Headings and navigation menus
- HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+2
- 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
All content images used in this site include descriptive alt attributes. Purely decorative graphics include empty alt attributes.
If you wish to override the site's colours, you can import your own style sheet within your browser preferences.
You may change the font size of this document to your preference through your browser:
- In Internet Explorer, select View, then Text Size, and then your preferred size
- In Netscape select View, then Text Zoom, and then your preferred percentage size
- In Firefox press Alt key to bring up the menus, click View menu, then go to Zoom.
If you wish to override the site's font settings, you can import your own style sheet within your browser preferences.
This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the use of structured semantic markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.
You may import your own stylesheet into this website:
All tables have properly scoped header cells, to allow screen readers to render them intelligently. Where required, tables also have a caption and a summary.
Tables are not used for layout.
Java script is used on the website to improve usability. However it is possible to browse the website without Java script.
Linking text has been written to make sense out of context.
Where appropriate, links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, for example to advise you if the link will open in a new window.
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Question or feedback
If you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you experience any difficulty using it, please contact us
- W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline
- W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline
- The RNIB's Web accessibility at a glance
- JAWS, a screen reader for Windows
- Windows-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows
- Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays
- Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth