Accessibility

We have made every effort to ensure that this site adheres to the W3C guidelines Priority 1 as a minimum. Our aim is to meet Priority 3 compliance as standard.

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Links

Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article). 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. 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.

Images

All content images used on the site have descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics are contained within the cascading stylesheet and will not require ALT or description attributes. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout, rather than tables, ensuring the pages can be linearized.

Hints and Tips

Setting the font size - IE 5.0 and above

When using a screen reader it is always best to make the font as small as possible. This stops the text from wrapping which allows the screen reader to read it more easily.

  • Under the View menu there is the option Text sizes.
  • Change the size to Smallest from the submenu.

Use the following procedure to change the fonts IE 5.0 and above:

  1. Select Internet Options from the Tools menu. The Internet Options dialogue box is displayed.
  2. Click the Fonts button. The system displays the Fonts dialogue box.
  3. Select the Web page font and the Plain text font as required.
  4. Click the OK button to close the Fonts dialogue box.
  5. Click the Accessibility button. The Accessibility dialogue box is displayed.
  6. Select the relevant "ignore" options to force your preferences over the web page settings. Click the OK button to close the Accessibility dialogue box.
  7. Click the OK button to close the Internet Options dialogue box.

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Internet Explorer:

 

To move to the next link:

click TAB.

To move to the previous link:

click SHIFT TAB.

To activate a selected link:

click ENTER.

To find text on the current page: 

click CTRL F.

To go to next page:

click SHIFT BACKSPACE
or ALT RIGHT ARROW.

To go to previous page:  

click BACKSPACE OR ALT LEFT ARROW.

To move to next frame:  

click CTRL TAB.

To move to previous frame:

click SHIFT CTRL TAB.

To scroll toward the beginning of a document:

click UP ARROW.

To scroll toward the end of a document:

click DOWN ARROW.

To scroll toward the beginning of a

document in larger increments:  

click PAGE UP.

To scroll toward the end of a document

in larger increments:

click PAGE DOWN.

To move to the beginning of a document:

click HOME.

To move to the end of a document:

click END.

To refresh the current page:

click F5 key or CTRL R.

To stop downloading a page:      

click ESC.

To go to a new location: 

click CTRL O.

To open a new window:  

click CTRL N.

To save the current page:           

click CTRL S.

To print the current page or active frame:

click CTRL P.

To select all:

click CTRL A.

To copy selection:         

click CTRL C.

To display a shortcut menu for a hyperlink:

click SHIFT F10 key.

To close the Window:    

click CTRL W.

To quit Program:

click ALT F4 key.