Introduction

We are committed to making our site (and all the sites we build) accessible to all users. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we are continually trying to improve the experience for all our visitors.

Accessibility Features

This site is written in a simple, well structured way which should make it easy for users of screen readers and other assistive technologies to find their way around and view all the content. Help with finding your way around in a screen reader is available here.

You can also increase or decrease the font size or zoom in and out using using the built in controls on your web browser. Resizing the page or text in your browser is explained here.

Standards Compliance

To ensure every browser, screen reader, mobile phone or other user agent can access this site, we have used valid code throughout.

It also complies with both version 1 and 2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). We comply with level Double A of version 1, and level 2 of version 2, throughout the site.

Browser Compatibility

We test all our sites in all modern browsers on Windows, MacOS and Linux. All pages are coded in such a way that the content of each page is still readable to any browser or other way of accessing it, of any age.

Changing your font size

Mac users please note, where you are told to hold down control, please use the apple key instead.

Almost all browsers will change the size of the page using the following method, unless you are using Internet Explorer 6:

  • Hold down control and select + (plus) to increase the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select - (minus) to decrease the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the page to its normal size

If you are using Internet Explorer 6, you can adjust the size of the text by selecting the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘text size’ menu, and choosing an option.

Screen Reader Use

This site is uses well written, descriptive headings and links throughout. Where it is helpful, the links have additional information as titles. There is also a hidden link at the start of the page so users can skip past the navigation to the content. This all means that screen reader users can navigate easily around each page.

If you are using a recent version of a screen reader, you should find that the following keyboard shortcuts allow you to find your way around this and other websites:

  • H to cycle forwards through the headings
  • Shift + H to cycle backwards through the headings
  • 1 to navigate to the next level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the next heading on this level)
  • Shift + 1 to navigate to the previous level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the previous heading on this level)
  • INSERT + F6 to provide a list of all headings