This site has been designed to be Accessible for people with any degree of visual or motor impairment and users of screen readers.
Please select one of the following links to find out more about the Accessibility of this website:
- Access Keys
- Increasing Page Text Size
- Changing Page Colours
- Switching off Styles
- Links to External Sites
- Problems Accessing Documents
- Screen Reader Setting Recommendations
- Useful Accessibility Links for PDFs, Browsers and Operating Systems
Access Keys provide a quick way to navigate round the site without using a mouse, and on this site are based on the UK Government Access Keys system.
The keys are used in conjuction with Alt or Ctrl and Enter keys which vary depending on your browser.
1. Hold down
'Alt' key if using Internet Explorer for Windows
'Ctrl' key if using Mozilla/Firefox, or if using Internet Explorer or Safari on a Mac
'Shift' and 'Esc' together if using Opera (note Opera ignores numeric Access Keys)
2. and simultaneously select a key from the list below
S - Skip navigation and go to page content
0 - Accessibility details
1 - Home
2 - not used
3 - not used
4 - not used
5 - Skip to Content of a Page
6 - Skip to Main Navigation
7 - not used
8 - Terms and Conditions
9 - not used
3. then press 'Enter' if using Internet Explorer for Windows PC - other browsers go to the page immediately.
These keys have been selected so as not to conflict with those in use by assistive technologies such as JAWS, Supernova and HomePageReader.
To alter the size of the text on the web pages, you may use the Text Size option availble on every page.
Increase Text Size using Internet Explorer
View - Text Size - Larger / Largest
Increase Text Size using Firefox
View - Text Size - Increase
Increase text Size using Opera
Zoom and 100+ Percentage
Increase text Size using Netscape
View - Text Size - Increase
Increase Text Size using Safari
Apple Key and '+' Key
You may also change the colours using your web browser options.
Changing Colours using Internet Explorer
Click on Tools
Then click on the Accessibility button in the window that pops up
Then select the 'Ignore colors' option.
Note you could also select the 'Ignore font styles' and 'Ignore font size' options to alter the look and size of the text.
Changing Colours using Firefox
Changing Colours using Opera
View - Style - User Mode
Changing Colours using Netscape
Tool - Options - then define your preference (this is of limited use)
Changing Colours using Safari
In addition to Accessible graphical pages, the website also provides a Low Graphics option that eliminates most or all imagery from a page. Listeners may also find it easier to hear object-heavy pages (e.g. lots of flash) as the low graphics involves repetitive phrases.
Access the low graphics version of this website using the 'Low Graphics' link shown on the page.
You can return to the graphical view using the High Graphics link.
Alternatively, uou may choose to ignore the styles used by the designer using your browser's options.
Switching off CSS using Internet Explorer
Tools - Internet Options - General - Accessibility and then select three checkboxes (or supply your own stylesheet).
Switching off CSS using Firefox
View - Page Style - No Style
Switching off CSS using Opera
Switching off CSS using Netscape
View - Page Style - No Style
Switching off CSS using Safari
Not possible - all you can do is append your stylesheet and this is an advanced topic
All links to external sites open in a new window and this site is not responsible for the content or accessibility of these referenced sites.
All links which open a new browser window will be indicated by this icon.
If you have any problems accessing the documents published on this website, please contact us and we will supply you with the document in an accessible format.
For users of JAWS we recommend the following sort order
as the best configuration to set.
This site uses Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
To view PDF files, you will need to download and install a PDF reader.
The Adobe site offers:
- Free Acrobat Reader
- Accessibility Conversion Tools
- PDF Accessibility Information
- There is more information on PDF Accessibility and other issues from the RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind) Access Centre
Many web browsers have accessibility features, which help you use the web in the way that best suits you. We recommend you select the browser which best suits your needs, and these links give you some helpful guidance whether you want to best configure your web browser or download a more suitable one.
Note that there are many different web browsers available, and many versions of each of them, so it would be impractical for us to list them all here. We have chosen the most popular as a guide that you may find useful.
- Internet Explorer help and support
- FireFox help and support
- Opera help and support
- Netscape help and support
To configure your operating system to tailor its accessibility features to your needs, you can follow one or more of the links below.
- Microsoft publishes detailed information on changing Windows
- Apple provides detailed information on configuring the Mac's operating system
- Linux users can go to this website for details on configuring Linux
- The BBC also provides details on changing your operating system
Validation of Accessibility
It attained level WAI 'AA' on 26th October 2006, and was evaluated using Bobby 5.00.6.3 and by subsequent manual checking.
This website was also validated as XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliant on 26th October 2006, using the W3C and Web Design Group validators, with CSS2 compliance.
Audio content and navigation for talking browsers and screen readers has been checked by listening to the site using JAWS. The site is also compatible with Supernova and IBM Home Page Reader when using Internet Explorer 5 or above.
All trivial images have null Alt text.