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Accessibility

All pages on this site aim to be accessible to WAI WCAG A or better, complying with priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as interpreted by our Web Development Team. If you have problems accessing any part of our site please email us.

All pages on this site aim to validate as HTML 4.01 Transitional, and use CSS 2.1 for visual styling.

Accessibility features

We have introduced the following features to ensure the best use of our site by all of our users.

Navigation

We have tried to make our site navigation as clear and simple to use as possible. Where Javascript is used then we have tried to provide a text alternative. All main pages have alternative text links at the bottom of every page.

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.

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.

Colours

We have taken care to ensure that the site's font and background colour combinations contrast significantly and are effective in ensuring information is still clear when viewed in different colour combinations.

If you wish to override the site's colours, you can do this by changing your browser settings to your own preference.

Font size

The font sizes we use on our site are scalable using your browser zoom feature.

People with visual impairment make wish to use a low screen resolution to ensure the site is viewed as large as possible.

Stylesheets

This site uses cascading style sheets for some elements of visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, or you have chosen to switch them off, we have endeavoured to ensure that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured without stylesheets.

Forms and fields

All forms fields follow a logical tab sequence to ensure easy navigation.

Most form fields also have id attributes to explicitly associate the form field with its label to allow for easy entry of data.

JavaScript

Javascript may be used for some elements of this site. 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.

Copy

We have tried to ensure that the copy on our website is well laid out and easy to understand.

Browser information:

Wherever possible, we would recommend upgrading your browser to the latest version number to take full advantage of this site.

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