Accessibility

We are committed to website accessibility and this website has been built in line with accessibility best practice, and to meet the aims of the Level Two (AA) recommendations made by the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (version 2.0), and some of those from Level Three (AAA).

If you have encountered any issues with the accessibility of this site, we would be grateful if you could let us know so we can use this information to continue to improve the website.

Some of the steps we have taken are outlined below:

 

Links and skip links

Many links have title attributes which describe the destination of the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article). Links are written to make sense when read out of context. For the benefit of the visually impaired, a number of hidden 'skip' links are embedded into each page to aid navigation. These links are hidden in a standard web browser but will be read aloud by text reading software. From the main page users can navigate to the main content area or style sheet switcher and from the bottom of the page, users can navigate to the main content area or main navigation.

 

Images and visual design

All non-descriptive images, used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout and only uses relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified 'text-size' option in visual browsers. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

The site is readable in a text only browser/browser with CSS support disabled. Most text can be enlarged by using your browser's text sizing options.

The colours are all specified in CSS so you can use your own styles should you find this easier to read. All forms follow a logical tab sequence and labels are associated with fields using HTML label tags.

 

Scripting
While JavaScript is used on this site, all pages and processes, are still accessible and usable if JavaScript is not available.

 

Useful Accessibility References

How to Meet WCAG 2.0 - A customizable quick reference to WCAG 2.0 that includes all of the guidelines, success criteria, and techniques for authors to use as they are developing and evaluating Web content.

 

Understanding WCAG 2.0 - A guide to understanding and implementing WCAG 2.0. There is a short "Understanding" document for each guideline and success criterion in WCAG 2.0 as well as key topics.

 

Techniques for WCAG 2.0 - A collection of techniques and common failures, each in a separate document that includes a description, examples, code and tests.