W3C – Validation Service
This website is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices. The site displays correctly with current browsers, and using standard XHTML code means that any future browsers will also display this website correctly.
If you have any problem accessing any information on the site, please contact us and we will endeavour to provide the information in a suitable manner.
How do people with disabilities use the Internet?
People with disabilities, such as a visual impairment, may use assistive technologies to use the Internet. Assistive technologies are products used by people with disabilities to help accomplish tasks that they cannot do easily otherwise.
Assistive technology comes in many different forms, some of these include:
- Speech synthesis (speech output)
- Alternative keyboards or switches
- Braille and refreshable Braille
- Screen magnifiers
- Sound notification
- Screen readers
- Speech recognition
- Text browsers
- Voice browsers
The accessibility guidelines we follow include:
- Allowing users to control text sizes
- Using an easy to read font type
- Ensuring suitable foreground and background colour contrast
- Using clear and simple grammar
- Providing meaningful text equivalents for pictures
- Providing simple, consistent site navigation
- Providing navigational shortcuts for users of text only browsers and page readers
- Using appropriate structural mark-up to maximise browser support
- Ensuring all content and functionality is available to users without content style sheet (CSS), image and script support
If you have a vision impairment then we recommend that you visit the RNIB website for specialist advice such as alternative screen readers, screen magnifiers and other devices that are available and can make using a computer easier and more enjoyable.
We also thoroughly recommend that you visit the website of AbilityNet, the UK’s leading consultancy in the field of computing and disability.