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Accessibility Policy

We are committed to making the content of this website as accessible to as many people as possible. Under the current Equalities Act, goods and services must be provided on equal terms to anyone with a disability.

This website conforms to W3C/WAI Double-A Compliance, valid CSS and valid XHTML 1.0.

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Current features include:

  • No use of frames in the website.
  • Use of alternative and title text descriptions (alt/text tags), to describe the content of an image.
  • Text based navigation, providing an alterative non-graphical way of working through the site.
  • Hidden ‘skips’ to assist screen reader users to jump over the main navigation bars, straight to the page contents.
  • Controlled use of attachments to enable users to access as much of the content as possible. Where information is unavoidably provided in an alternative format, namely as a pdf document, we provide an executive summary of the content in the pdf, details of the file size, and number of pages, as well as providing contact details to enable users to request the content in a more readable format if they desire. Links to Adobe Acrobat are provided where attachments are used, enabling users to download this free software.
  • Access Keys have been used on this site to enable users who find a mouse difficult to use, navigate around the website.
  • Suitable contrast between colour background and text for increased readability.
  • Implementation on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for styling and layout of web pages, allowing users to override settings in their browser, to better suit their individual needs, if necessary.