Our website has been developed to meet current good practice in web accessibility. In particular we aim to maintain it so that it complies with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines.
The structure of the website has been designed to make it as easy to navigate as possible and screen reader users can ‘skip’ the navigation links by using ‘skipnav’.
The website includes a number of accessibility features which are explained below. We hope these features will allow users with disabilities, including those who are blind or partially sighted, to access the information they want.
Changing text size
All the text in this website can be resized. This means that users can set a text size that is comfortable for them.
To do this click on one of the larger A’s in the Text Size and Accessibility area on the right hand side of the page.
To restore the orginal text size click on the smallest A.
Colours and contrast
We have considered the needs of users who are visually impaired by selecting colour combinations with sufficient contrast between foreground and background.
All images in this site use alternative (“alt”) attributes. These are alternative text descriptions of the image. These attributes are particularly important for partially sighted and blind users.
There are a number of links to other websites from this site, as well as links to other pages within the site and to PDF documents. Where we include a link we try to make sure there is an appropriate description of where the link leads. This means that a screen reader can be used to read out just the page links. We avoid using ‘click here’ as this gives no details of where the link leads.
This section explains how people who have difficulty using a computer mouse can reach certain areas of the website using special combinations of keys known as Access Keys.
These are the Access Keys that this site supports:
|1 or h||Home page|
|t||Top of page|
|4 or s||Search|
These are the keys that must be pressed with the access keys to make them work:
Google Chrome Alt on Windows and Linux (Note: ⇧ Shift is required in some circumstances) Ctrl + ⌥ Opt on Mac
Firefox Alt+ ⇧Shift on Windows and Linux Ctrl on Mac
Opera ⇧Shift + Esc (to be released before the Access key is pressed)
Safari Ctrl+⌥ Opt on Mac Alt on Windows
If you have any thoughts or suggestions about how we could improve the site to make it easier to use, please contact us by emailing the web manager at email@example.com