Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, and in the majority of cases the text of the link already fully describes the target. 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 you to browse the links separately from the page.
We have tried to minimise the number of PDFs on the site. Where they 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.
Help with finding content
We have provided a site map for visitors. Links to our policies, including our Privacy Statement, our Terms & Conditions and this Accessibility Statement appear at the bottom of every page.
Decorative and functional images feature null 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 black on white. Colour is never used as a sole method of grouping data.
The site is free of frames and uses a cascading style sheet for visual layout. Tables are used for tabular data, but we have avoided using them to dictate the layout of a page wherever possible. The stylesheet uses relative font sizes and is written to display pages correctly in most commonly-used browsers. In early versions of browsers and browsing devices that do not support stylesheets at all, the flow of the content has been tested to ensure it entirely retains its sense.
Optimising Your Setup for Your Needs
AblilityNet offers helpful advice for setting up your computer to suit your needs: My Computer My Way is a guide to making your PC accessible. The site offers help with seeing the screen, using your keyboard and mouse, and with language and reading.
We hope that you find this website easy to read and understand.