We are committed to making our online information accessible to as many visitors as possible and are striving to adhere to accessibility guidelines.
Our efforts include:
• Maintaining a standard layout and navigation structure throughout the website
• Using plain backgrounds to improve the readability of all text on the website
• Using foreground and background colour combinations which have sufficient contrast and are not known to cause problems to those with visual impairments
• Avoiding short-hand language such as 'Click here' where possible
• Using 'alt attributes' and/or titles on all images where appropriate, and ensuring that all 'alt' and title attributes are meaningful when used
• Using headings, paragraphs, lists and other HTML (HyperText Markup Language) to create a logical document structure
• Designing layouts to work satisfactorily over a range of screen resolutions to the modern day standards
• Providing internal anchors for visitors using screen readers or similar technology where possible
• Allowing visitors to resize all text using their browser settings
• Ensuring all hyperlinks use descriptive and meaningful text for the reader
• Using plain English at all times
• Using a written style that is straightforward and understandable to all visitors to the site
We are always trying to improve our website. If you have any
comments on our accessibility policy, or suggestions about how to
improve the site please contact us using the details below.
Resizing the Text
Most browsers will allow you to zoom in and out by scrolling with the wheel of your mouse whilst holding down the control key (CTRL).
To increase the text size in other ways:
• Internet Explorer: View > Zoom
• Firefox: View > Zoom
• Opera: Use your "+" and "-" keys to zoom in or out of a website in increments of 10 percent, respectively
• Google Chrome: Use CTRL and the "+" to zoom in and CTRL and the "-" to zoom out
The downloadable documents available on this site are in Portable Document Format (PDF). This is a standard used by governments and other organisations worldwide.
A PDF is a reliable format for electronic document exchange that ensures that documents can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms. We are working towards publishing all downloadable documents in this file format for data security and integrity reasons.
To view PDF documents, you need a programme which can read this format, eg. Adobe® Reader® software. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free from the Adobe website using the following link http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/otherversions/.
This website has been designed for a screen resolution of 1024 x 768. To get the best from this site please alter your screen settings to this specification. The resolution is the number of pixels or dots in an image.
If you are viewing this website on a lower resolution screen such as 640 x 480 pixels, the text and images will look larger, and horizontal scroll bars will appear.
If you are using a screen resolution higher than 1024 x 768 the text and images will look very small.
This website has been designed to be compatible with the following browser types and versions:
Google Chrome 1/2/3