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Accessibility

Guidance on using this website

Changing your settings for Internet Explorer on a PC

Font size
•Select the 'Tools' menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
•Select 'Internet Options' from the Tools menu.
•Click on the 'General' tab.
•Click on the 'Accessibility?' button.
•To change your font size, check the box marked 'Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages'
•Click on the 'OK' button on this tab and then on the 'OK' button on the Internet Options tab.
•Select the 'View' menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
•Select 'Text Size' from the menu, another menu listing possible sizes will appear. Select the option that you require.

Font style
•Select the 'Tools' menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
•Select 'Internet Options' from the Tools menu.
•Click on the 'General' tab.
•Click on the 'Fonts?' button.
•Change your font using the 'Web page font' drop down.
•Click on the 'OK' button on this tab and then on the 'OK' button on the Internet Options tab.

Font and background colour
•Select the 'Tools' menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
•Select 'Internet Options' from the Tools menu.
•Click on the 'General' tab.
•Click on the 'Colors?' button.
•Check the box next to 'Use Windows colors', allowing you access to change the colours yourself.
•Select your own Text, Background and link colours from those available.
•Click on the 'OK' button on this tab and then on the 'OK' button on the Internet Options tab.

Page structure

Each page on our website includes a clear heading. Any consequent headings are introduced in a structured hierarchy, and are clearly marked up using 'h1' and 'h2' tags etc.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
 If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Links

We try to ensure that link text makes sense out of context and that it accurately describes the pages it points to. You can use the tab key on your keyboard (as well as your mouse) to move consecutively from link to link.

Images

A description of every image is provided, either in the alt tag or on the page itself.
•All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
•Complex images include TITLE attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.

Send us your comments

Please give us feedback on how you find using the site. If you find something difficult to see or use, we might be able to help. We aim to continually improve the accessibility of the site.

Accessibility software
JAWS is a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available
Home Page Reader is a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available
Lynx is a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays
Links is a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth
Opera is a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets and image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. It is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.