This website is designed to be accessible to as many users as possible, and to meet or exceed current UK accessibility legislation and internationally accepted guidelines.
Pages on this website conform to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to priority level 2 and conform to both the spirit and the letter of the United Kingdom Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
This site was built using current web standards, using valid CSS for all visual layout and valid HTML5 for markup. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup, meaning that if your browser or browsing device does not support CSS, the content of each page should still be readable.
Linking text has been written to make sense out of context, and wherever possible, title attributes which describe the link in greater detail have been added.
All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics are either applied using CSS, or include null ALT attributes.
All fonts used on the website display at a minimum size of 11 pixels ( ‘core content’ at 13 pixels ) or higher, in line with best practices. You may change the font size of this document via the preference-settings of your browser. Additionally, all modern browsers (with the exception of Internet Explorer 6 for Windows) allow resizing of text via the keyboard using CTRL (Option for Macintosh) and the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ keys.
All pages have been given a descriptive page title to aid the accessibility of the website and the content.
Sitemap / Navigation
This website contains a visual sitemap of the pages, as well as navigational elements and links that aid the user’s journey around the website.
Input items have an associated ‘label’ tag to help screen readers. Using a ‘label’ also expands the clickable area of an input making it easier for keyboard users with limited mobility. Field ‘labels’ are positioned next to its related input. The ‘labels’ and inputs are visually connected so that visitors who use a screen magnifier are still able to see the connection.
Keyboard shortcuts have been developed to help the user navigate around forms. Also, users have the ability to print the application form when appropriate. This feature is particularly helpful for users with Dyslexia. Where necessary, human entry is validated and feedback shown to the user. All forms have submit buttons and provide clear call to actions via labels and headings. This is particularly important to users with cognitive disabilities, but is also beneficial to low vision users.
This website has been developed to display content appropriately to users on responsive devices and modern browsers.