Accessibility features of this website

This website has been built to comply with UK regulations concerning website accessibility and incorporates a number of features to support navigation for screen-reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers.

Access keys

Access key functionality depends on the type of operating system and also which browser you are using. This attribute is supported by MS Internet Explorer 4 and above and by Netscape 6 and above (including Mozilla browsers such as Firefox and WebKit browsers such as Apple Safari and Google Chrome).

With Windows-based systems:

  • Internet Explorer – the user has to press the ‘Alt’ key and the access key (listed below) together, release then press the ‘Return’ or ‘Enter’ key.
  • Mozilla – the user has to press the ‘Alt’ key, the ‘Shift’ key and the access key (listed below) together.
  • Safari and Google Chrome – the user has to press the ‘Alt’ key and the access key (listed below) together.

With the Apple (Mac) system the user has to press the ‘Ctrl’ key and the access key.

  • 0 — Accessibility
  • 1 — Home
  • 9 — Contact
  • S — Skip menu

Tab order and skip menu function

This website is built with a logical tab order in mind. If you use the tab key to navigate a website we trust this promotes easy navigation. Also provided is the option to skip over the menu on each page, to avoid you having to tab through each menu item on each page visited.

Screen-reader users

We have created a logical reading order on the website to help your comprehension of the content when using a reader. We have also used headings and semantic link text to allow you to navigate the site with ease.

Style sheets

The website uses style sheets so if your browser does not support CSS or you wish to use your own style sheets, you can do. If you are not sure how to do this, follow the relevant link below for your browser.

Printing style sheet

The website has a print style sheet which optimises text in an accessible HTML page. It provides a clean printed version of every page, including the website's navigation in text-only, logo and page content. The website contains a printer icon on every page, just beneath the 'Search' box in the top-right of the screen, which enables quick printing as it opens the browser's print dialogue window. The only page which does not contain the printer icon is the home page, due to design constraints, but it can still be printed by using the normal browser (File/Print) controls. 

Accessibility features of your browser

Accessibility features of Internet Explorer 6

Accessibility features of Internet Explorer 7

Accessibility features of Mozilla/Firefox

Accessibility features of Opera

Enlarging text

We are grateful to the RNIB for providing the following information on their website, at www.rnib.org.uk. These instructions are for use with the browser versions listed below, however they may also work with other versions of the same web browser.

Microsoft Internet Explorer - all versions

  • Open your Internet Explorer web browser
  • Choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked “view”
  • A list of options will appear in the drop down menu, choose “text size”
  • Next another drop down menu should appear with options including “small”, “medium”, “large”, “largest”
  • Select “largest”.

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as screen magnification software.

Netscape 6.2, 7.0 and 8.1

  • Open your Netscape browser
  • Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements
  • If you need to make the text smaller press ctrl on your keyboard and the minus ( - ) key

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as screen magnification software.

Mozilla Firefox - all versions

  • Open your Firefox browser
  • Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements
  • If you need to make the text smaller press ctrl on your keyboard and the minus ( - ) key

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as screen magnification software.

Apple Safari - all versions

  • Open your Apple Safari browser
  • Hold down the Apple Key and press the (+) key
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements
  • If you need to make the text smaller press the Apple Key on your keyboard and press the (-) key

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as using the Zoom facility in the Apple Operating System.

Further information about accessibility can be found at the RNIB Web Access Centre, at the Cabinet Office archive website and at the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative website.

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