We aim to make this site as accessible as we can.
Web accessibility means enabling people to view a web page the way they wish to view it with the equipment that they have available. In other words, making sure that as many people as possible can use a website, irrespective of physical impairement (such as loss of sight or restricted mobility), cognitive disability (such as dyslexia), or limited English language. It also means ensuring a website works on the broadest possible range of computer hardware and software, and its use does not depend on having the highest specification equipment or latest browser.
This site includes a number of features to maximise accessibility:
- HTML is used to structure a page. CSS is used to style it.
- Only common types of font are used.
- The layout of pages is consistent to enable easy navigation (even where different template themes are available).
- Colours are kept to a limited range, with text and background colours chosen to contrast well.
- Elaborate animation is not used.
We have enabled the ReadSpeaker service on this site to help anyone who prefers to listen than to read, including people with impaired vision, dyslexia, or low literacy.
You do not need to install any special software on your computer to use this service.
To listen to a page, simply use the Have this Page Read Aloud link.
Adapting the site to your needs
This site uses font sizes that you can control using your browser.
You can change the text size in Microsoft Internet Explorer by selecting View > Text size followed by your preferred text size from 'Smallest' to 'Largest'. The default setting is 'Medium'.
You can change the text size in Mozilla Firefox by selecting View > Text size followed by 'Increase' or 'Decrease'. To return the text size to its default setting, select 'Normal'.
You can change the text size in Apple's Safari browser by selecting View > Make Text Bigger or View > Make Text Smaller.
Standards Compliance and Accessibility Guidelines
Our aim is to meet all Priority One, Priority Two, and selected Priority Three checkpoints from the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Our publishing system has been designed to produce valid, accessible content wherever possible, but we acknowledge that we won't always succeed.
If you find any problems using any part of this site, please contact us and we'll do our very best to address the issue as promptly as we can.