We are aiming to make our website accessible by following certain standards and Government guidelines to ensure that it can be used by everyone and anyone.
The website has been designed to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative's 'AA' standard.
To understand more about the accessibility guidelines, we recommend that you check out the following links:
- Web standards can be found at the external World Wide Web Consortium website.
We have undertaken to use our knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different people access the Internet, to develop a website that is clear and simple for everybody to use.
Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.
Access keys will be added to this site in the near future. The use of Access keys does not presume to give enhanced accessibility benefits, but instead provides additional usability benefits for most users.
Body text and most other text on this website is set in relative sizes, which means the user can increase and decrease text size as required.
To do this, try the keyboard combinations "CTRL +" and "CTRL -".
As an alternative to keyboard shortcuts, the same effect can be achieved through a web browser's pulldown menus: "View > Text Size > Large" or similar.
Many links have a title attribute which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describe the target.
Links leading to files that not HTML documents such as PDF's Word files etc, are noted via the link text and/or title attributes.
This site uses CSS (cascading style sheets) for visual layout. If your browser does not support CSS, the content of each page is still legible through being structured in a linear and hierarchical fashion.
All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.
Purely decorative graphics include ALT attributes or are handled purely by CSS, thus not requiring descriptive ALT attributes at all.
This website is designed for effective use by all web browsers. Enhancements have been made to this site that may provide additional functionality and refinement in newer browsers. If you would like to take advantage of this, please ensure you are using a modern browser, such as Mozilla, Safari 6, Google Chrome, Opera 11 or Internet Explorer 10. Newer browsers are free and straightforward to install.
Of particular interest to people with disabilities, newer browsers include more accessibility and usability features. We suggest reading about Mozilla for an overview. For example, a user-specified stylesheet can aid users with some types of visual impairment by increasing text size and replacing coloured backgrounds and text with high contrast alternatives. High contrast stylesheets are in the design scope to be implemented within this site. For more information on how to customise Internet Explorer browser, go to "Help > Internet options" in the pulldown menu. Similarly, for Netscape go to "Help > Preferences".
This site's language is defined as "en" to tell screen readers what language - English - this site is written in, so it can pronounce words properly when it reads them aloud.