This site has been designed to follow current World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recognised accessibility standards and guidelines, where possible. This page details the steps taken to try to ensure accessibility and ease of use whilst visiting this site.
The Home Page quick link is available by clicking on the top header on any page.
This site has a Site Map Page with an Index of all Contents. If you are having difficulty finding information, please check this page.
For backwards compatibility with older display screens, the site is designed to be viewable in screen resolutions (size) of 800 x 600 and higher, with minimal or no horizontal scrolling.
Long pages, for example news pages, have links at the bottom which take the user quickly back to the top of that page.
On all pages the following Access Keys (or keyboard shortcuts) are available :-
Access key 1 = Goes to the Home page
Access key 2 = Skips over navigation to the main page content
Access key 3 = Goes to a Site Map page quick index to ALL contents
Note : to use Access Keys, on Windows you can press ALT + an access key then press the ENTER key; for example, ALT + 1 then ENTER for the Home Page. On a Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. Also note that not all browsers support access keys.
The fonts / text used on this website are specified in relative units, rather than in absolute (pixel) sizes. Therefore, the text on this website can be re-sized and made larger for easier reading.
Many browsers, such as Internet Explorer (version 7) and Mozilla Firefox, support text sizeing using the CTRL (control) and + (plus) and - (minus) keys simultaneously. The size of text can also be changed by holding down the CTRL (control) key and scrolling the middle mouse wheel button, if available. To re-size text on your specific browser, please consult your browser help menu.
This site uses properly formatted and structured code that adheres to current Web Standards. All pages are written in XHTML and use CSS for visual layout. Each page uses well-structured semantic markup, for example using header tags like <h1>, <h2>, and <p> paragraph tags to logically structure the content.
The archaic practice of using Tables and use of spacer GIF’s for page layout is avoided, as are deprecated tags such as FONT, overuse of line break <BR> tags, etc.
Therefore, if your browsing device doesn’t support stylesheets, or if you have them turned off, the content should still be accessible, readable and understandable. The site should also therefore be easy to use with screen readers such as JAWS and text based browsers such as LYNX. (Users of the JAWS screenreader can skip between header tags using ALT+INSERT+1, ALT+INSERT+2, etc.)
HTML and CSS compliance are checked against the W3C’s on-line automated validators, for interoperability across browsers and platforms. Pages have been checked for accessibility against the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) at Level Double-A conformance.
Care has been taken to create interoperable Web pages, that validate in accordance with the W3C automated Markup Validation Service.
This page complies with all of the automatic checkpoints of the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 at Level Double-A Conformance (Priority 1 and Priority 2 checkpoints), as tested and verified by the Watchfire WebXACT service.
Because of the techniques detailed above, this web site should be easy to view and navigate in any modern web browser that supports W3C standards; we recommend using Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer (V7 or higher).
Accessibility compliance depends on automated tests as well as a number of other considerations and checkpoints that rely on a subjective human interpretation (for example the use of colours and order of presentation).
Any suggestions, comments and feedback to improve accessibility are always appreciated. If you experience any difficulties accessing the information on my website, please contact me and I will pass your comments on to my site designer.
You can find out more about Accessibility and Web Standards Compliance by using the following links (all open in a new browser window) :