Accessibility

"Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web."
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

If you have any problems using this website please let us know.
Use our contact page or telephone +44 (0) 845 6585 444.

Design

The web site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for its layout. Browsers which do not support CSS will show the same content but without the design.

Scripts

The method we have used to provide for 'text only display' relies upon javascript and cookies (to store your preference between visits. If your browser does not support or is set to block these the display options will not work. However you can obtain a very similar effect, but with images, by disabling the default (CSS) style. Please consult your browser's display options.

The other client-side scripts provide a small added benefit but the pages work perfectly without them.

Tables

The only tables on the website are used to display data. We have marked up the header cells and provided a summary.

Colours

Colours alone are not used to convey information. We hope there is sufficient contrast between the text and backgrounds for the web site to be legible.

Images

All images have a text description unless they are used purely for decoration.

General

All pages validate when checked using the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with semantic components properly marked up.

English is specified as the natural language.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0)

The W3C publishes a checklist against which web developers can measure the accessibility of their websites. This checklist is known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0).

Togther with the accompanying guidelines WCAG 1.0 form the international standard for web site accessibility. We try to satisfy as many of the criteria as can given budgetry and time constraints.

Some of the points on the check list require us to use our judgement as to whether the website statisfies the requirements. We have tried to be objective. We believe the web site complies with 'Double A' of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 WCAG 1.0.

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