Standards Compliance

Our aim is to meet all priority 1 requirements of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0). Meeting this standard is commonly known as Level A compliance as interpreted by the Web Team. This is always a judgement call as not all accessibility features can be measured.

Most pages on this website validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

All pages on this website validate as CSS 2.

All pages on this website use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.

Visual Design

This website uses Cascading Stylesheets to seperate structure from presentation. If your browser does not support stylesheets, content is still available.

This website uses relative font sizes, compatible with Text Size options on modern visual browsers. This tool is available in the menu of the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, 6 (PC): View > Text Size

Firefox, Netscape 8: View > Text Size

Opera: View > Zoom

Netscape 6, 7, Mozilla: View > Text Zoom

Safari (Mac): View > Make Text Bigger

Internet Explorer 5 (Mac): View > Text Zoom

The above steps are sufficient to adjust text size for the majority of cases. Where it is not, you can find further help on the My Web My Way website.

This website does not rely on images and where used, a text alternative is provided.

Accessibility references

W3 accessibility guidelines explains the reasons behind each guideline

W3 accessibility techniques explains how to implement each guideline

W3 accessibility checklist a busy developer’s guide to accessibility

U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines

More help customising your computer to your requirements

If you have not found information here to help you view or navigate our site more easily, a visit to the BBC’s My Web, My Way website (opens new window) might help.

It is an excellent site that provides advice and help to all those people who would benefit from making changes to their browser, operating system, or computer to be able to view and navigate websites more easily.

Useful links and resources

Other useful links have also been included, where appropriate, on related pages.

Reading PDF content – a guide for people with disabilities (Adobe website).

AbilityNet – is a national charity helping disabled adults and children to use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

WebAIM – is an excellent web accessibility resource with news, links and articles.

RNIB – Web Access Centre.

The website is constantly under review and any areas that do not fully comply are in the process of being updated for accessibility. Should you encounter any difficulties relating to the level of accessibility of certain pages, please do not hesitate to contact us.