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Accessibility

We have made every effort to make our website accessible and easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you have any disabilities.

Here are some of the site's features that should make it easier for you to access our information and services:

  • all images have alternative text equivalents to ensure that people who cannot see images can still use the site
  • our site has consistent navigation and structure to make it easy for you to find your way around it
  • we use plain language and break text up where possible to make it easier and quicker to read
  • you can change the font size from any page

The site's layout takes into account users who are blind or visually impaired. It is fully compatible with popular screen reading software. If you have difficulties using a mouse, the site can be navigated using only a keyboard.

In technical language, all pages on this site should be valid to Hyper Text Mark-up Language (HTML) 4.01 Transitional and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This website conforms and supports the Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, Level A, to ensure a Web accessibility standard has been achieved and is maintained.

The site also meets the AA standard of the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

PDF files and accessibility

PDF file standards have improved over the years and have become more accessible through technologies like screen readers, navigation through the keyboard and enhanced screen viewing. The Adobe site provides information on how best to use these features. You may come across earlier versions of PDF files which are not so accessible.

To open PDF files, you need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Follow this link to download Adobe Reader:www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

Please follow this link for further information about PDF files.

Further information

For further information on accessibility and the internet, please see the following website: