We do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programmes or activities. Upon request, any of our information will be made available in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio tape and/or computer disk.
Every page on this web site has been designed to comply with...
- All three priority levels of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We use the latest version of Fujitsu's Web Accessibility Inspector software to test compliance.
- The W3C's HTML & CSS standards. Where possible we have used valid HTML 5 code that deprecates well to work with browsers that do not fully support this code - such as early versions of Mocrosoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Access keys were designed to provide web site visitors with keyboard shortcuts to common pages of a web site. this is ideal, in theory, for visitors who cannot use a mouse, or to make navigating a web site for visitors with sight related issues.
We do not implement access keys because they can cause visitors to our web site more problems than they resolve:
- They can conflict with the keyboard shortcuts offered by browsers and assistive technologies, rendering established shortcuts that visitors may already know useless and causing such software not to work properly. Since we don't know what software our visitors will be using, it's impossible for us to know what access keys will conflict.
- There is no established standard as to what access keys perform which function. This can be confusing to visitors.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), pioneers of accessibility in web sites, actually state that a "well ordered site with good structural mark up, clear link text and page titles, making good use of hidden navigation can do more for the user in terms of easing navigation than access keys can".
Most inks contain TITLE attributes that describe the purpose of the link in greater detail than is possible in the link text on the web page.
Where the link text fully describes the link we may have omitted a title attribute.
All content images on this web site include descriptive ALT and TITLE attributes so that screen readers will read the text to the web site visitor and text-only browsers will display the text in place of the image.
Images used in the construction of the web site will not include ALT and TITLE attributes as they graphics are not related to the content of the web page.
The web site uses CSS (cascading style sheets) to format the visual layout and text content contained within it. The size of all text can be increased and decreased by the visitor's browser text-size settings.
If your browser does not support stylesheets, or text size manipulation, textual content can still be read.
Tables and forms
All input fields in forms on this web site are marked up with label tags. This enables visitors who find it difficult to use a mouse can click on the text beside the field to place the cursor inside the field.
All tables contain a summary so that screen readers can read a description of the table to their users.