Accessibility Information

We want everyone to be able to access our website. The information below explains how the site has been designed to be accessible. If you have any questions or comments about the accessibility features, please contact us.

Accessibility features

Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.

Change the way this site looks
You can change the way this website looks to suit your needs by changing the settings in your web browser. Those available differ from browser to browser, but most browsers offer some or all of the following:

Change the font size
You can adjust the size by clicking the letter symbols in the top right corner

You can also adjust the size of nearly all the text on this website by using the font size setting in your browser.

  • In Internet Explorer, select View, then Text Size, and then your preferred size
  • In Netscape select View, then Text Zoom, and then your preferred percentage size
  • In Firefox select View, then Text Size, and then increase or decrease the size to your needs
  • In Safari select View, and use Make Text bigger/Make Text smaller to adjust the font size.

Some browsers allow you to change the default font and background colours you use. These settings are usually found in the ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menus. Many browsers also allow you to strip a web page of all layout and styling by turning off the website ‘style sheets’. If your browser supports this setting you should find it in the ‘View’ menu.

You can override this sites colour settings by setting your browser to the desired colour combination.

Style sheets
This site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the use of structured semantic markup ensures that the content of each page is still readable and structured.

Tables are not used for layout within this site.

This site remains accessible even if scripting is unavailable.

Keyboard access
Most browsers let you skip from link to link using the TAB key. The current link will be highlighted in a black dotted border. To move backwards, hold down SHIFT and press the TAB key.

All images used for headings and for navigation in this site include descriptive alt attributes. Purely decorative graphics include empty alt attributes.

Standards compliance
Our site conforms to W3C standards. Both the XHTML and CSS are fully validated against W3C guidelines.

Links you may find useful
W3C Markup Validation Service
W3C CSS Validation Service
W3C Quality Assurance Tools
BBC Accessibility help

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