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Accessibility


This website is designed to be accessible for as many users as possible.

We are committed to making our website accessible to all our users and have an ongoing programme of making useful updates and improvements. We are always happy to receive feedback. Please use our online feedback form to let us know about any problems you have had, or email our website team.

Code
We have used best practice coding conventions corresponding with guidelines stipulated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) and successfully XHTML 1.0 strict valid.

Text size
You can change the text size on this application to make it either larger or smaller via your browser settings. Some browsers will allow you to magnify the whole page. To change the text size, follow the instructions below:

Internet Explorer
Click ‘View’ to open the View menu or press ‘Alt’ and ‘V’.
Select the ‘Text Size’ option or select by pressing ‘X’.
Choose your preferred text size using your mouse or use the up and down arrow keys
Click to select the text size or press ‘Enter’
The text size should change to reflect your choice
Firefox
Click ‘View’ to open the View menu
Select the ‘Text Size’ option
Select ‘Increase’ or ‘Decrease’
The text on our site should change to reflect your choice
Safari
Click ‘View’ to open the View menu
Click on ‘Make Text Bigger’ or ‘Make Text Smaller’ or to use the keyboard shortcuts select
‘Apple’ and ‘+’ (plus) or ‘Apple’ and ‘-’ (minus)
The text size on our site should change to reflect your choice
Consistent page headings and titles
A consistent heading structure has been used so that page information is compatible with access technology.

Javascript
Where Javascript is used, we always provide a working alternative for those with Javascript turned off.

Browsers
The following browsers have been tested for compatibility:

Internet Explorer (Windows) v7.0 to 9.0
Google Chrome
Firefox (Windows and Mac) v2.0 and 12.0
Safari (Mac) v4.v5
Opera v9 – 11
Publications
If you would like a publication in an alternative format please contact the Website team.
General web accessibility guidance
BS 8878 Web accessibility – Code of Practice
In December 2010 BSI launched the first British Standard to address web accessibility and the challenge of digital inclusion.

The standard has been designed to introduce non-technical professionals to improved accessibility, usability and user experience for disabled and older people. It will be especially beneficial to anyone new to this subject as it gives guidance on process, rather than on technical and design issues. BS 8878 is consistent with the Equality Act 2010 and is referenced in the UK government’s e-Accessibility Action Plan as the basis of updated advice on developing accessible online services. It includes recommendations for:

Involving disabled people in the development process and using automated tools to assist with accessibility testing

The management of the guidance and process for upholding existing accessibility guidelines and specifications.

 

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