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Web Site Accessibility

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This website was created by a process of user-centred design.

Website users should be able to carry out all tasks on our website including navigating the site and reading content

This website is accessible for users with screen readers for example NVDA – users of Microsoft Windows based PC's can download a program which reads aloud web pages or Voiceover which is built into the Apple OSX

As a standard, we tried to ensure this site is accessible to as many people as possible by using the following methods:

  • Providing a high contrast version of the website for users with visual difficulties
  • Maintaining a standard layout and navigation structure throughought.
  • Using headings, paragraphs, lists and other HTML (HyperText Markup Language) to create logical document structure. This makes it easier for screen readers to work out the structure of a page.
  • Allowing users to resize all text using their browser settings and a dedicated button on each page.
  • Using alt attributes and/or titles on all images, where appropriate, and ensuring that all alt and title attributes are meaningful.
  • Ensuring all hyperlinks use descriptive and meaningful text
  • Being committed to Plain English in all our written content
  • Designing our site without the use of tables except where we need to represent normally tabulated content i.e data tables
  • Using a sans-serif font for easier readability
  • Not using all-capitals for emphasis

  • This site is designed to comply with the UK government standards minimum recommendation of: Web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 AA

    Maintaining an accessible site is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer a user friendly experience. However, if you have any problems using this website please contact us.

    For more details on optimizing your PC and the tools available for improving your web user experience, please refer to the excellent BBC website pages on accessibility here