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Accessibility

We've tried to design this site so that disabled users face no barriers when accessing content. This page contains information about how we have made the site accessible and tips to help you read content.  At the bottom of the page we've added links to other sites which have useful information on accessing websites for disabled people.

On this page:

Images

All images used in this site include ALT attributes

Links

Links are written to make sense out of context

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is designed to be still readable.

Resizing text in popular browsers

The site is designed to allow readers to change the size of the text using your browser's text size option. This section contains instructions on changing your font size.

 Mac users please note, where you are told to hold down control, please use the apple key instead.

Internet Explorer 7 & 8

You can adjust the size of the page in Internet Explorer 7 and 8 using the following methods:

  • Hold down control and select + (plus) to increase the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select - (minus) to decrease the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the page to its normal size
  • Select the the magnifying glass icon at the bottom right of the browser window to increase the page size
  • Select the arrow next to it choose a zoom level

You can also adjust the size of the text only by selecting the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘text size’ menu, and choosing an option.

Internet Explorer 6

You can adjust the size of the text by selecting the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘text size’ menu, and choosing an option.

Firefox 3

You can adjust the size of the page using the following methods:

  • Hold down control and select + (plus) to increase the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select - (minus) to decrease the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the page to its normal size
  • Select the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘zoom’ menu, and choosing an option.

You can also adjust the size of the text only by selecting the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘zoom’ menu, and choosing Zoom text only. The keyboard shortcuts will then alter the size of the text, but not the rest of the page.

Opera

You can adjust the size of the page in Opera 10 using the following methods:

  • Select + (plus) to increase the size of the page
  • Select - (minus) to decrease the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the page to its normal size
  • Select the the arrow next to the magnifying glass icon at the bottom right of the browser window to choose a zoom level

Safari

You can adjust the size of the text in safari using the following methods:

  • Hold down control and select + (plus) to increase the size of the text
  • Hold down control and select - (minus) to decrease the size of the text
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the text to its normal size
  • Select the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘zoom’ menu, and choosing ‘Make Text Bigger’, ‘Make Text Smaller’, or ‘Make Text Normal Size’

Navigating headings 

Using recent version of screen readers

If you are using a modern screenreader, you should be able to navigate using the following keystrokes:

  • H to cycle forwards through the headings
  • Shift + H to cycle backwards through the headings
  • 1 to navigate to the next level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the next heading on this level)
  • Shift + 1 to navigate to the previous level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the previous heading on this level)
  • INSERT + F6 to provide a list of all heading

Using Opera

The following keys can be used to navigate headings:

  • S to cycle forwards through the headings
  • W to cycle backwards through the headings

Our accessibilty statement

The site aims to be AA compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.