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Accessibility

Access key details

The following access keys are available throughout this site:

Access keyTarget
SSkip to content
1Home page
3Site map
5Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
9Contact/Feedback
0Access key details (this page)

Most browsers support jumping to specific links or locations on a page by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press CTRL + an access key. Current browsers vary in the way in which access key links are invoked. For example, to jump to our homepage, in Internet Explorer, press ALT+1 and then <Enter>, in Firefox, press SHIFT+ALT+1 and in Opera, press SHIFT+ESCAPE and then 1.

The access key scheme used on this site is the UK Government suggested numerical key standard. We accept that access keys are not an ideal solution but feel that in the absence of any other utility, they can be useful to some users. See Access key for more information.

Standards compliance

All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS 2.1.

In general, the site conforms to the Checklist of Checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, published by W3C and pages on this site have a conformance level of at least Double-A (WAI-AA).

You may check the conformance of this site using Total Validator.

Accessibility features

Content first

The structure of pages on this site has been designed in such a way that the main content markup always appears first. This avoids the necessity for those using assistive technologies to run through any anciliary content before reaching the main content.

Skip to content

Pages on this site have a ‘Skip to content’ link; this is a valuable aids for those using assistive technologies. Such users can go straight to the main content on any given page without having to run through any other content. The links are normally hidden from sighted users but are displayed (top left) when the link attains focus. They can be displayed using repeated presses of the TAB key on a normal keyboard.

Semantic markup and CSS

All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. For example, <h1> tags are used for page titles, <h2> tags for subtitles. This enables JAWS users to skip to the next section within any page by pressing ALT+INSERT+2.

All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

All acronyms and abbreviations are described where they first appear on a webpage.

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Further reading

If you'd like to know more about accessibility for the Web, we recommend Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Jim Thatcher et. al.

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