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Accessibility Statement

Web Accessibility & Standards

Our web site is designed to comply with a number of international standards related to markup languages and web accessibility. We aim to  validate our site using online tools to ensure they meet these standards.

XHTML 1.0 Transactional
All of our pages are written using the latest XHTML as recommended by W3C. This is the latest version and ensures your pages can be read by as many different types of devices as possible.

In addition to this all pages are constructed in a logical manner using heading tags to structure page content and minimal use of graphics. This has the benefit of minimising download times and making the pages as accessible as possible. We also seek to improve the accessibility of our site by the use of relevant page titles on every page.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
We use cascading style sheets to define the look and feel of all of our websites. This means that website elements such as fonts and colours can be changed with ease making ongoing management as simple as possible.

Re-sizeable Fonts
All of the text on our sites is designed to be compatible with the text resize function found in all major browsers. This allows the user to set the text at a size that is comfortable for them and is especially useful for those users with poor eye sight.

If you are unsure of how to resize text in your browser then please refer to the following detailed information from the BBC website (link opens in new window).

Alternative Text
All images contain alternative text which allow screen readers, used by those with restricted eye sight, to understand the context with which any images are used.