Accessibility

Accessibility

 

Help viewing this site

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of disability, capability or technology. Our site has been designed with screenreaders, screen magnifiers and other access technologies in mind. Below are some suggestions for ways you can adjust the settings you use to view this site.

 

Making text bigger or zooming your screen

It’s easy to resize your text to make it easier to read. Follow the instructions below for your type of computer and web browser:

  • PC with Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome: Hold down the CTRL key and press + (plus) to increase and CTRL – (minus) to decrease
  • Mac with Firefox, Safari or Chrome: Increase text size: Hold down the CMD key and press + (plus) Decrease text size: Hold down the Command key and pressx

Alternatively, if you are using a mouse with a wheel you can also alter the size of the text size by holding down the CTRL (PC) or CMD (Mac) key on your keyboard while scrolling up and down with the mouse wheel.

 

Using the tab key to navigate the site without a mouse

You can use the Tab key on your keyboard to move between links and form fields on each page. A single press of Tab highlights the next link, Shift+Tab highlights the previous link. When you use the Tab key to move between links on the website, you’ll be taken through them in a logical order. If you then press the ‘Enter’ key when you have highlighted a link it will take you to that page.

Every effort has been made to ensure that link names are distinct and not repeated on pages, please let us know if you find any links confusing.

 

Contrast

We have worked to make sure that there is sufficient contrast between text and background colours on the website. If you notice any colour combinations that cause you problems, please contact us.

For more information on how to change your text and background colours for :

 

Make your computer speak text aloud

All Apple Mac computers have an in-built text to speech function that can be switched on in System preferences.

Go to ‘Universal Access’ in System preferences which can be found in the Apple menu at the top left of the screen. Turn on ‘VoiceOver’ and your computer should now read aloud the text from the window that you are looking at.

For more on this please read the following guide:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/speak_text/computer/mac/os_x/index.shtml

There are also third-party screen-readers and text-to-speech software applications available that you can buy or download. If you would like to know more about these options read the following guide: https://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/screenreaders/

 

Web standards and technologies

This website has been built to conform to W3C standards for HTML and CSS. These technologies are relied upon throughout the site. The site should display correctly in all popular web browsers, and should still be readable in older browsers.

The site also uses JavaScript but will still work perfectly well without it. Where JavaScript have been used, it meets the same high levels of accessibility as the rest of the site.

 

Contact us

We are continuously working to maintain the accessibility of this website. If you experience any problems accessing the site then please contact us.

Please note: for advice on what information to include when you contact us, we recommend you read ‘Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites’ https://www.w3.org/WAI/users/inaccessible.