Accessibility

This website is designed to be as accessible and easy to use as possible.  We want all users to be able to access to the information on this site, regardless of disability, or the devices and internet browsers they use. 

This page describes some of the accessibility and usability guidelines that we have employed when developing the site.

Code framework

This website has a responsive design that adapts automatically to the size of the screen on which it is being displayed. 

The code used to build this website is designed to comply with accessibility guidelines issued by the World Wide Web Consortium, the international community which develops web standards. This site uses cascading style sheets for layout, which facilitates the use of screen readers. 

Language

Every effort is made to ensure that the English used in this site is clear, simple and straightforward to read. 

Navigation and links

The main navigation menu appears at the top of every page to enable easy access to key sections of the site.  A search box is available at the top of all pages. 

Links are highlighted in coloured text and the linked text describes what is being linked to. This allows you to decide whether to open links. 

To help people who use screen readers, we aim to ensure that the link text makes sense when taken out of context. 

Keyboard Shortcuts - Access Keys

Access keys are combinations of keys that allow users focus any particular part of a page. We have chosen not to set up access keys in this site because doing so may conflict with the personal access keys you may have set up on your computer. 

Customising how you see websites 

The BBC has a very useful website called My Web My Way which provides information about how you can customise your computer and use assistive technologies to help with specific needs.  

The site includes guidance about: 

    •    what to do if you find it difficult to use a keyboard and mouse

    •    increasing the size of the text in your web browser

    •    making your computer read out loud: screen readers and talking browsers

Contact us

If you find any aspect of this site difficult to use, please contact us.