We recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all user groups, including the disabled.
There is a short menu at the start of every page that allows you to jump directly to the most important parts of the page, including main content and navigation. Sighted people who use the keyboard to navigate will see these links appear on screen when using the Tab key to navigate through the page.
Each shortcut has an access key assigned.
Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that replace the need to use the mouse for navigation, in browsers that support them. In Internet Explorer on Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. Then press Enter to activate the link.
The following access keys are available throughout the website:
- s -Jump to Content
- n-Jump to Site Navigation
- f -Jump to Colophon
- 2-Jump to Contact Us
- 0-Jump to Accessibility Statement
Our pages conform at a minimum to Level A compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and endorsed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). The majority of Level AA and AAA requirements are also met.
All pages validate as XHTML
1.0 Transitional and use structured semantic markup.
The CSS also validates.
While we use Bobby to test for accessibility, it is just one aspect of our testing procedure. As a computer programme, the Bobby test is not as reliable as expert evaluation. Pages are also tested in the following screen readers:
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