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Accessibility is committed to making this website as accessible as possible to users regardless of culture, language, education, physical abilities or access devices and material resources used. We want to be sure you can access our information regardless of how you use the internet.

We are aware that different users have different needs when using websites, for example:

  • an ability to process simple language information or symbols only
  • adaptations to access printed or electronic text
  • needing to avoid using a mouse or keyboard
  • using a text only screen, a small screen or a slow internet connection
  • accessing information in an environment which restricts access (e.g. when driving or working in a loud environment)
  • using a different browser, a voice browser or a different operating system

As a result, we have designed this site to make it as accessible as possible.

How to change the size of the text on this site:

  • Select Text Size from the View menu. (In some browsers Text Size may be called Text Zoom or Zoom)
  • Choose the size that you want from the Text Size menu.

Accessibility guidelines

W3C has a set of guidelines, to promote accessibility, which aims to meet - these are:

  1. Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory and visual content
    Provide content that, when presented to the user, conveys essentially the same function or purpose as auditory or visual content.
  2. Don't rely on colour alone
    Ensure that text and graphics are understandable when viewed without colour.
  3. Use markup and style sheets and do so properly
    Mark up documents with the proper structural elements. Control presentation with style sheets rather than with presentation elements and attributes.
  4. Clarify natural language usage
    Use markup that facilitates pronunciation or interpretation of abbreviated or foreign text.
  5. Create tables that transform gracefully
    Ensure that tables have necessary markup to be transformed by accessible browsers and other user agents.
  6. Ensure that pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully
    Ensure that pages are accessible even when newer technologies are not supported or are turned off.
  7. Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes
    Ensure that moving, blinking, scrolling, or auto-updating objects or pages may be paused or stopped.
  8. Ensure direct accessibility of embedded user interfaces
    Ensure that the user interface follows principles of accessible design: device-independent access to functionality, keyboard operability, self-voicing, etc.
  9. Design for device-independence
    Use features that enable activation of page elements via a variety of input devices.
  10. Use interim solutions
    Use interim accessibility solutions so that assistive technologies and older browsers will operate correctly.
  11. Use W3C technologies and guidelines
    Use W3C technologies (according to specification) and follow accessibility guidelines. Where it is not possible to use a W3C technology, or doing so results in material that does not transform gracefully, provide an alternative version of the content that is accessible.
  12. Provide context and orientation
    Provide context and orientation information to help users understand complex pages or elements.
  13. Provide clear navigation mechanisms
    Provide clear and consistent navigation mechanisms - orientation information, navigation bars, a site map, etc - to increase the likelihood that a person will find what they are looking for at a site.
  14. Ensure that documents are clear and simple
    If you have any comments or questions about our approach to accessibility, please contact us.
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