We are committed to making our website available to as many people as possible, meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, and make every effort to ensure our communications are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.
Many Internet users can find websites difficult to use due to the way they have been designed. We recognise that this is an important issue and do our best to ensure that our website is accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.
All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict, use structured semantic markup and the CSS has also been validated.
We strive to obey the spirit of the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission. If you come across a page you find difficult to use please let us know.
Many Internet users with disabilities find websites difficult or even impossible to use simply because of the way they are designed. This website has been designed to be as accessible as possible and to be compatible with the types of adaptive technology used by people with disabilities, including screen readers.
As such, visitors can control the size of the text and can use "access keys" on the keyboard rather than the mouse to navigate through pages.
The stylesheet uses relative font sizes and is written to display pages correctly in most commonly used browsers. In early versions of browsers and browsing devices that do not support stylesheets at all, the flow of the content has been tested to ensure it entirely retains its sense.
The site is free of frames and uses a cascading style sheet for visual layout.
Tables are used for tabular data, but we have avoided using them to dictate the layout of a page wherever possible.