Accessibility Statement

This is accessibility statement is designed to cover content at

Standards compliance

All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. The templates use Cascading Style Sheets which can be read by CSS-P compliant and non-compliant browsers. These pages meet the WCAG Level-A standards, as well as Levels AA and AAA where possible. All pages use structured semantic markup. For example, H1 is used for main page headings, and H2 for subsequent section headings within each web page. JAWS users can skip to the next section of a page using ALT+INSERT+2.

Where we have chosen not to meet Level-AA at present

  • 13.1 The title attribute has not been used on some links, but wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page

Where Level-AAA has not been met

  • 13.6 Grouping related links has not been followed (for example, by using the 'MAP' attribute)

Where we have chosen not to meet Level-AAA at present

  • 9.5 We have chosen not to employ access keys. Research suggests that these can sometimes conflict with shortcut keys used by assistive technologies


  • Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.
  • There are no "javascript:" pseudo-links. All links can be followed in any browser, even if scripting is turned off.
  • There are no links that open new windows without warning.


All content images used include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual design

  • Background and foreground colours have been chosen with contrast to maximise visibility. Colours are controlled within the stylesheet and therefore may be overriden by altering your browser settings.
  • This site uses relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers. For example, if you're using Internet Explorer, you can make your default text size larger under the "View" menu, "Text Size", "Larger" (or "Largest").
  • If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Acronyms and abbreviations

Appropriate XHTML markup is added to describe these.