We recognise the importance of providing a website that is
accessible by all users. As such we have made every effort to
ensure that our site can be easily used by people with
To view this site as text only, and presented in larger bold
text please click the "view site as text only" link located on the
footer of the information pages.
We have introduced the following features to ensure the best use
of our site by all of our users.
A hidden menu has been placed at the beginning of each page to
allow screen reader users to link to the main areas of the
A hidden link has also been provided at the beginning of each page
to provide easy access to information on accessibility.
Headings and navigation menus
HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags
are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc.
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
All images used in this site include descriptive alt tag
attributes. Where an image has no use other than being decorative
the alt tag is set to null to allow easy reading of the site by all
Most of the font sizes we use on our site are sizable. You can
change the font size to make it either larger or smaller via your
You can change the font size in the following ways depending on
In Internet Explorer; select View, then Text Size, and then your
In Netscape; select View, then Text Zoom, and then your preferred
This site uses cascading style sheets for all visual layout. If
your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at
all, the use of structured semantic mark up ensures that the
content of each page is still readable and clearly
You can apply your own stylesheet onto this website by;Internet
Explorer; select Tools, then Internet Options, then Accessibility,
next click on any or all 3 checkboxes to ignore colours, font
styles or font sizes, in the same window you can change your style
sheet by clicking the checkbox that says, format document using my
style sheet' then browse to your style sheet and click OK In
Netscape; select Edit, then Preferences and then Appearance, ou
will be given the choice to specify your own colours and fonts.
Most data tables have properly scoped header cells, to allow
screen readers to render them intelligently. We have also ensured
table summaries are used as well as captions where
Tables used for layout use none of the above attributes to ensure
that they are not confused with data tables.
Forms and fields
All forms fields follow a logical tab sequence to ensure easy
Most form fields also have ‘label’ and ‘id’ attributes to
explicitly associate the form field with its label to allow for
easy entry of data.
Where it is used then all pages and process are still accessible
All links have been written to make sense when taken out of
context. Where appropriate, we have also added link title
attributes to describe the link in greater detail.
If you would like to know more about accessibility and the
Internet, you may be interested in the following websites:
RNIB website - The Royal National Institute for the Blind
www.w3.org/WAI - W3C
British Computer Association of the Blind
- BBC web pages specially constructed to improve clarity for
visually impaired users. The website also includes other useful
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA
- a screen reader for use with Windows.
Lynx - a free text-only web
browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
Links - a free
text-only web browser for visual users with low