Accessibility

Headings and navigation menus:

HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc. 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.

Images:

All images used in this site include descriptive alt tag attributes. Where an image has no use other than being decorative the alt tag is set to null to allow easy reading of the site by all users.

Style sheets:

This site uses cascading style sheets for all visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the use of structured semantic mark up ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.

JavaScript:

The use of JavaScript has been kept to an absolute minimum. Where it is used then all pages and process are still accessible should JavaScript be turned off.

Links:

All links have been written to make sense when taken out of context. Where appropriate, we have also added link title attributes to describe the link in greater detail.

Adobe PDF files :


You need Acrobat Reader software to view Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If you do not have the software installed on your computer, you can download it for free at Acrobat Reader . If you are using access technology to view Adobe PDF documents, go to the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center which provides information and tools.

Style sheets :


This site uses cascading style sheets to make it look better and so you can tailor it to your requirements. Please see our 'Tools, tips and useful information' selection below for details of how to adjust your style sheet settings.

Browsers :


The following browsers have been tested for compatibility:
  • Internet Explorer (Windows) 7.0, 6.0, 5.5
  • Firefox v2.0 and v1.5
  • Safari (Apple Mac) v2.0.4 (419.3) and v1.3.2 (312.6)

Useful links:


If you would like to know more about accessibility and the Internet, you may be interested in the following websites:

RNIB website - The Royal National Institute for the Blind

www.w3.org/WAI - W3C accessibility guidelines

www.bcab.org.uk - British Computer Association of the Blind

www.bbc.co.uk/education/betsie - BBC web pages specially constructed to improve clarity for visually impaired users. The website also includes other useful links

http://www.disability.gov.uk/ - The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA JAWS - a screen reader for use with Windows