Website Accessibility

The Easy Stuff

For those who are not familiar with all of the Accessibility Options on different laptops, desktop devices etc, we have tried to make this website easy to use for people with varying degrees of visual ability.

On most computer systems, just pressing (Ctrl) (+) should increase text size,

Also, pressing (Ctrl) (-) will decrease text size.

This can also achieved by pressing (Ctrl) and rotating the mouse wheel to increase or decrease text size.

On each page on this site we have included a set of choices to include text scaling, inverted colours mode, high contrast mode and an experimental dyslexic font mode, which should make reading easier for a wide range of individuals.

The Technical Stuff

Since the introduction of the Government Equality Act 2010 UK websites have to comply with this act, although no definite guidelines have been given.

We want our website to be accessible to everyone that uses it. The Website Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develop guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility.

We are aiming to use the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 standards and recommendations as a guide.

We aim to have many pages meeting the Double-A or Triple-A levels as soon as is practically possible.

Main print and download formats

We publish our electronic publications in PDF and/or Microsoft Word format, with occasional Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint attachments. You can download free programmes from the Microsoft website to view these documents:

Or you may wish to use Open Office, a free alternative to Microsoft.

Download Open Office here

You can also read Adobe information on accessibility and the PDF format and download Adobe Reader.