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Accessibility

Accessibility is very important to us and we have designed our website to be fully accessible.

User friendly design

We have designed our site in an easy and friendly way for users to navigate through. We have included our own guidelines which include:

  • Using meaningful ALT text so there is a descriptive alternative for all images.
  • Using descriptive hyperlink text.
  • No use of frames, which are difficult for special browsers to display.
  • No use of JavaScript, which doesn’t work with some browsers and screen readers.
  • Using an easier to read font type, size and colour.
  • Using an easy-to-see web colour scheme.

Navigating the site

To navigate through this site, please use the left hand side bar menu to choose a section and then the subsequent menus in the middle of each page. If you use a screen reader, it will read the menu to you and provide access to the tools on this page.

Text only site

We have designed the site to be fully inclusive and therefore we hope you should not need to use a separate text only site. However, if you would rather use a text only site, you can see a low graphic version by following this link: Low graphic version.

Accessible PDF Documents

We provide many of our publications in PDF format as well as webpages. To read PDF documents you will need Adobe reader software. A link to download Adobe reader is available on each page that contains a PDF, or you can use the following link: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

All our PDFs are currently made using Adobe (version 8.1) software and tagged so that they have more accessibility features. You can use the accessibility tools provided by Adobe to read this PDF content.

Tables, forms and JavaScript

This website has been designed using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Accessible guidelines have been followed to ensure tables and forms are accessible and the site is fully functional with JavaScript turned off.

Accessibility references

The W3 accessibility guidelines explain the reasons behind each guideline.

If you would like further information about our accessibility standards or have problems accessing this Web site, please contact the web team.

If you would like to comment on our accessibility or how this page of information could be improved, please use the comment form below.

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