We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
This site has been developed in accordance with accessibility standards and guidelines and endeavours to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines detail the methods that should be employed to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines also helps to make a site more user friendly for all users.
This site has been built using code compliant with the World Wide Web Consortium's standards for XHTML and CSS. It displays correctly in current browsers and on Mac and PC platforms. Using standards compliant XHTML/CSS code ensures that future browsers will display it correctly. Whilst this site strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, if you should find that you experience any difficulty in accessing any area of this site, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Our website uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. All pages are built using a structured mark-up, so if your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets (or you choose to turn them off) the main content on each page is still readable. Our websites also use relative font sizes - you can choose to adjust the size of the text if you find it too small or too large to read. One easy way if using a PC is (in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox browsers) you can adjust text size by holding down the CTRL key and pressing the + and - keys. Windows users with a wheel mouse can adjust text size by holding the CTRL key and turning the wheel. If viewing our website on a tablet or mobile phone, you can pinch the screen to zoom in/out accordingly.
If you have restricted mobility or wish to avoid repetitive strain injury, you may find it useful to use your keyboard instead of your mouse to navigate our website. By using the Tab button on your keyboard, it is possible to navigate and access all areas of our website. The Tab key allows you to move and browse amongst the menus and links displayed on each page, and pressing Enter will activate your request for a particular menu or link. The arrow keys on the keyboard will enable you to move up or down the page or from left to right. If using a mobile device, you can navigate around the site just by touching your screen or swiping left or right.
This website offers the functionality of Browsealoud from Texthelp. This helps you to navigate around our sites, better understand our content and interact with our sites independently.
Browsealoud adds speech, reading, and translation support. It gives our online visitors a choice in how they understand our content. This helps to reduce barriers between our digital content and our diverse online audiences.
To activate Browsealoud, please click on the icon on the top left-hand side.