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Website Accessibility

Our website is built to meet W3C AA standards for accessibility.

We want to make sure that everyone is able to access the information we provide and communicate with us in ways that meet their individual needs.

 

Clear labelling

We use clear labels so visitors know where a link or button is taking them and the type of documents they are downloading. We have also used a clear design that takes account of people with visual impairments.

 

Plain language

We have attempted to use plain English throughout the site to make the information easy to understand.

 

Increase the size of the website

If you need to change the size of the website, you can do this by using the following instructions

  • Google Chrome
    • Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar. Find the "Zoom" section in the menu and choose one of the following options: Click to make everything on the page larger. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl and + (Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) and ⌘ and + (Mac).
  • Internet Explorer
    • On the bottom right of the Internet Explorer screen, click the arrow next to the Change Zoom Level button Picture.
  • Mozilla Firefox
    • Click the menu button (Menu on the right). The customisation menu will open and you will see the zoom controls at the top.

 

Magnify the screen

If increasing the text size doesn't make the text easy to see, you could try magnifying your screen. Most computer operating systems allow you to do this.

Select one of the options below to find out how to magnify your screen.

  • Windows 7
    • Select the Start button, then 'Control Panel', then 'Ease of Access', then 'Ease of Access Center'. Under 'Quick Access to common tools' select 'Start Magnifier'. The magnifier will now be turned on and the settings box will display. You can click in the magnification level box to change the level of magnification, or use the up and down arrow keys.You can also minimise the magnifier settings box by clicking the minimise button or by pressing 'Alt' and 'Space', then pressing 'N'.
  • Mac OS X
    • Open the 'Finder' then select the 'Apple' menu, select 'System Preferences...', select the 'Universal Access' icon. Select the 'Seeing' tab then select the 'Turn on Zoom' button. To zoom in press 'Alt' and 'Cmd' and '+'. This zooms to your maximum level of magnification set in 'Zoom Options...'. The preview rectangle (black bordered box) shows the area of the screen that you will see at maximum zoom. To step back or zoom out press 'Alt' and 'Cmd' and '–'. Move your mouse around the screen to view the magnified page. To change the maximum and minimum zoom settings select 'Zoom Options...', then: use the 'Maximum Zoom' gauge bar to increase or decrease the magnification level. use the 'Minimum Zoom' gauge bar to increase or decrease the magnification level. When you have finished select 'Done' and, finally, select 'Close' (red button at the top of the 'Universal Access' window) to return to the Finder desktop. To turn magnification on or off at any time, press 'Alt' and 'Cmd' and '*'.

 

Colour

We have not used colour alone to convey vital information.

 

Images

All relevant images have alternative text descriptions explaining what the image is about. This description will be read out by screen readers and will be displayed if you hover your cursor over the image.

If the image is complex and cannot be described in just a few words, there will be a link below the image to another page with the full text alternative.

 

External links

All links to other websites will open up a new browser window.

If you want to return to our website after following an external link, you just need to close the new browser window.

 

Navigating our site without a mouse

You can use the 'arrow' keys to scroll up and down a page.

You can use the space bar to move down and 'shift' and 'space bar' to move up pages.

You can use the 'tab' key to move from one link to the next, in sequence, then press the 'return/enter' key to select the link.

You can use the 'backspace' key to go back to the previous page.

 

Software to read words out loud

'Browsealoud' is a computer program that helps people who have difficulty reading by reading out the words on a website. You can download BrowseAloud for free by clicking on the link below. It may take a few minutes to download.

Browsealoud - www.browsealoud.com (opens in a new window)

After you have downloaded and installed BrowseAloud on your computer, go back to our website and move your mouse pointer over the words. You will see that the words are now highlighted in yellow. Leave your mouse pointing at the words and the BrowseAloud voice will read them out to you.

The BrowseAloud software has the following additional features to aid accessibility, these include hover highlighting, translation of individual words, dictionary definitions and screen masking.

 

Languages

You can translate this website using Google Translate. Google Translate is a free translation service that allows you to translate the majority of pages on this website into other languages.

Please note that Google Translate is an automated service and therefore may produce some unreliable translations.

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