Accessibility

Accessibility statement

We are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone. We believe all pages on this site meet the priority 1, 2 and 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as well as U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us.

Page structure and style

This site is built with valid XHTML. Our content is properly structured, using headings and paragraphs. It uses valid CSS for layout. A high contrast stylesheet is available. The site is also usable with stylesheets disabled if you prefer, or with your own stylesheet.

Text size

Text can easily be resized if required. (The way we have specified text size means that even Internet Explorer will allow text size adjustments to our site.)

Usually, the ‘View’ menu of your browser will contain commands for changing text size. Some browsers allow you to change text size using the control (or command) key and the + and - keys (or the mouse wheel if you have one).

We have also provided an alternative layout, accessible by the ‘high-visibility layout’ link at the top of each page. You may find this easier to use than the standard layout. You can also use your browser settings to alter the font sizes and page colours, on this and other websites.

Other accessibility issues

We are dedicated to meeting accessibility requirements in the following areas:

Frames

Our website does not include frames (i.e., separate sections of the display area that are generated from different webpages).

Images

Our website provides equivalent text for images that convey information.

Multimedia

Our website does not use multimedia (i.e., presentations that include components such as video, animation, and sound).

Colour

Our website does not rely on color to convey information.

PDF (Portable Document Format)

Some material on our website is provided in PDF Format, and can be accessed using software such as Adobe Reader, available from the Adobe website

For disability access, PDF files may be converted to accessible web pages using Adobe’s online conversion tools.

The Adobe Acrobat Accessibility site has more information.

Scripts, applets and plug-ins

Our website does not use applets (i.e., programs designed to be executed from within another program) or plug-ins (i.e., programs that add features to a standard browser), and the use of javascript has been strictly limited.

 

More information

The BBC has more information on their website at www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/