This website has been designed to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and makes every effort to ensure the site's contents are accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.
The code used to create the site validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict, and the CSS has also been validated.
Most modern browsers support jumping to specific links by typing an 'access key'. On Windows, you do this by pressing ALT + the access key; on Macintosh, you press Control + the access key.
These access keys take you to the relevant page within this site.
S - Skip navigation
0 - Access key details (this page)
1 - Home page
3 - Site map
8 - Terms & Conditions
9 - Contact us
Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail. Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx and Opera) can collate the links on a page and allow you to browse the links separately from the page.
Link text is never duplicated. More than one link on the same page with the same link text always point to the same page or URI.
Some links on the site will open a new browser window (when the link target is on a different site). New windows are never opened without a warning in the 'title' attribute of the link.
Where PDF's appear, they are accompanied by a link to the Adobe site where you can download free Acrobat Reader software, allowing you to view these documents. Adobe has recently updated its free reader to include screen reading functionality.
Decorative and functional images feature empty ALT attributes. Other images on the site include descriptive ALT attributes.
Foreground and background colours contrast well throughout the site, with the majority of content appearing dark colours on white.
The site is free of frames and tables using a cascading style sheet for visual layout.
The site's style sheet uses relative font sizes and is written to display pages correctly in most commonly-used browsers. Please note in earlier versions of browsers and browsing devices that do not support style sheets, the page content has been tested to ensure it retains its sense.
If you do encounter any accessibility issues when viewing this site please do not hesitate to contact us. We value your feedback and will endeavour to resolve any issues which are brought to our attention.