We are committed to making our online resources accessible to all users of the site. We aim to continually review our web pages and modify them to ensure that they are accessible for all users. Our content is checked for Plain English and we aim to use a written style that is straightforward and understandable.
We follow a list of accessibility guidelines when designing our website and content these include:
- Maintain a standard layout and navigation system throughout
- Use headings, paragraphs, lists and other HTML (HyperText Markup Language) to create a logical document structure
- Allow visitors to resize all text
- Use plain backgrounds to improve the readability of text
- Use foreground and background colour combinations which have sufficient contrast and are not known to cause problems for sufferers of colour-blindness
- Use alt attributes on all images and ensure that all titles are meaningful
- Design layouts to work satisfactorily at a range of screen resolutions
- Ensure all hyperlinks use descriptive and meaningful text, avoiding short-hand language like "click here"
- Provide internal anchors for visitors using screen readers or similar technology
Most web browsers let you increase and decrease the size of text, images, and other web page content with a "zoom" feature. Some browsers let you choose to zoom only the text size.
To change the zoom in most browsers, press the following two keys at the same time:
- In Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS:
- To zoom bigger: "Ctrl" and "+" keys
- To zoom smaller: "Ctrl" and "-" keys
- Mac OS:
- To zoom bigger: "⌘" and "+" keys
- To zoom smaller: "⌘" and "-" keys
Browsers provide specific guidance on different ways to change the page zoom or text-only zoom:
- Google Chrome - Change text, image, and video sizes (zoom)
- Apple Safari - Zoom in on webpages
- Mozilla Firefox - Font size and zoom
- Opera - Zoom
- Internet Explorer - Ease of access options
- Microsoft Edge - Ease of Access in Microsoft Edge
Some browsers provide functionality to set different aspects of font and colour in the default view.
- Mozilla Firefox - Change the fonts and colours websites use
- Opera - Look and feel > Fonts
- Microsoft Internet Explorer - Ease of Access Options
Other text and colour settings are available in Reader View.
Most browsers offer a “Reader View” or “Reading View” that shows just the main content; it gets rid of navigation, ads, etc. Some browsers let you set the text font, text size, text colour, background colour, and line spacing in Reader View.
- Apple Safari - Hide ads when reading articles
- Mozilla Firefox - Reader View for clutter-free web pages
- Microsoft Edge - Change font style and size for Reading view in Microsoft Edge
We welcome any feedback or comments that will help us improve our website.
Files available to download from this site are provided in the following formats:
This site uses the PDF (portable document format) file format for large and complex documents. Wherever a PDF document is available on the site, it will be accompanied by the Acrobat Reader logo. If you don't have the software to read PDF files, you can get Adobe Acrobat Reader free of charge:
This site uses the Microsoft Word Document file format. Wherever a Word document is available on the site, it will be accompanied by the word logo. If you do not have Word you can use the free Word viewer to view, print and copy Word documents:
This site uses the Microsoft Excel files format. Wherever an Excel document is available on the site, it will be accompanied by the Excel logo. If you do not have Excel you can download a free viewer to open, view, and print Excel workbooks:
This site uses audio and video files. If you cannot view them, you can download VLC Media Player free:
The website has been designed to be viewed in a range of commonly available web browsers including, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. In order to ensure that the website displays correctly and to get the best experience of the pages and features on offer within the website, it is recommended that the most recent version of your preferred browser is used.