Accessibility

Standards compliance

As far as possible, we have tried to ensure that:

  • All pages comply with priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
  • The style sheets we use conform to W3C recommendations

Throughout this web site you will find that:

  • We have incorporated a text size option for visual browsers.
  • We have provided a text equivalent for every non-text element, such as photos and graphics.
  • Information conveyed with colour is also available without colour for people who cannot differentiate between certain colours or who use devices that have non-colour or non-visual displays.
  • All pages can be read when style sheets are turned off or are not supported.
  • We will ensure that equivalents for dynamic content are updated when the dynamic content changes.
  • We have avoided content that causes the screen to flicker.
  • We have used the clearest and simplest language appropriate for a site's content.
  • We have only used html tables to tabulate data and they have not been used to structure or lay out pages.
  • We have ensured that pages are usable when scripts, applets, or other programmatic objects are turned off or not supported.

Accessibility references

Accessibility software

  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  • 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 bandwidth.
  • Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility services

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