How to make the site more accessible
We are committed to providing a website that is accessible and easy to use for the widest range of visitors possible, regardless of disability or impairment. We believe that this is an on-going process and are constantly seeking to improve in this area.
The site has been designed to adhere to best practice by following W3C standards. Pages have been built to comply with a minimum standard of WCAG 2.0 single 'A' guidelines. Wherever possible we aim to extend this to 'AA' and 'AAA' compliance.
There are a number of steps we have taken to address accessibility needs that are detailed below:
The site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all presentation and layout so that content is well structured and easily accessible via assistive devices.
Text size can be increased or decreased in your browser by following these steps:
Microsoft Internet Explorer:
All images used for non aesthetic reasons have descriptive alternative text.
Content across the site has been written and formatted to make it as accessible as possible. This includes:
Wherever possible we have designed pages and chosen colours to be accessible to colour-blind users. Where contrast is limited, we are working towards a solution by reviewing our current colour palette.
All pages across the site also include a link to the homepage, and have a consistent navigation.
Rich media content
We are committed to providing transcripts and/or subtitles for key pieces of new video content available on the website. Where we are using YouTube descriptions and captioning. These captions can be accessed by clicking the 'CC' button within the video player.
There are a number of PDF documents available for download across the site. You can find out more about how to configure the free Adobe Reader software to obtain greater access to PDF files by visiting the Adobe site. Download Adobe Reader for free.
In order to avoid any conflict with personal access keys you may have set up on your computer, we have chosen not to install bespoke access keys on this site. Efforts have been made to ensure the site is as easy to navigate as possible.
We are continually seeking to make improvements to the site and welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback. If you are using adaptive technology and are having problems accessing information on the site, please email us via our contact form with details of the problem you encountered and the technology you are using.