Accessibility

We have aimed to create a site that is available to everyone, including those with sight, audio and motor impairment restrictions.

Overview

  • Text can be scaled using the browser controls 
  • We have appropriate alt tags for images to convey information
  • We ensure that navigation through our website works in a consistent way
  • We do not rely on just colour as the only way of giving information
  • We avoid the use of images of text wherever possible, and provide equivalent text links that consist of images 

 

Standards

All pages on this site meet the criterion described in WCAG 2.0 complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines. We have strived to make all pages on this site valid HTML5 and operable without JavaScript.

Layout

Content always appears according to the hierarchy we have set both visually and within the code itself. This means assistive technology such as screen readers will move through the content in a logical and meaningful order. The site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all of the presentation and layout. Tables are only used for tabular data presentation. The content has been written and formatted to make it accessible. For example:

  • Headings highlight sections of text
  • Sentences are short with the meaning at the beginning
  • Links use meaningful text
  • Forms and menus can be navigated using the tab key*

*Please note Safari does not support tab navigation for some features. In this instance we recommend using either Alt + Tab to navigate through all standard page items or to enable it by going to Preferences > Advanced > Press tab to highlight each item on a page.

Navigation

We've made navigation links consistent between pages throughout the site. The site is also fully accessible using only the keyboard and can be navigated with scripting disabled. A skip to content link has been included which is the 1st item in the tab index, which means that a single tab and enter keyboard command on any page will focus the user on that page’s core content.

Multimedia

We've made it possible to use our site without having to view graphics or images. All non-text elements, such as images, animations, symbols, audio, video and multimedia have text equivalents. We've done this by providing descriptive alt attributes for them. Purely decorative graphics or formatting images have empty alt attributes.

Scripts

Our website uses JavaScript to improve usability. To help you use the site, we've created alternative non-JavaScript alternatives for the most critical pages.

Frames and pop-up windows

Frames and pop up windows have not been used anywhere on the site.

Accessibility barriers

We continually work to improve the accessibility of our site, in the meantime should you experience any difficulties please contact us via the contact form explaining the problems you encountered.