Accessibility

This website has been designed to be accessible to the widest possible number of users, including people with disabilities.

Accesskeys

Accesskeys are used throughout this site, in accordance with the UK government accesskeys standard, in the following way:

Accesskeys in Mozilla Firefox 3 Alt + Shift then [Accesskey]

Access key 1: Takes you straight to homepage
Access key 2: Takes you straight to the main content of each page
Access key 3: Takes you straight to the Login page
Access key 4: Takes you straight to the Search box
Access key 5: Takes you straight to the directory
Access key 6: Takes you straight to the contact page
Access key 7: Takes you straight to publications
Access key 9:Takes you straight to the networks page
Access key 0: Takes you straight to the accessibility page

Internet Explorer 8 : Alt + [Accesskey] then Enter

Opera: Shift + Escape, then [Accesskey]

How do I use Accesskeys?

Each of the main areas has an Accesskey assigned to it. This means that you can use the keyboard to jump to any main area from anywhere else in the site. You don't need a mouse!

Accesskeys work slightly differently on PCs and Macs.

  • PC - Hold the 'Alt' key and the appropriate Accesskey at the same time, then press Return / Enter.
  • Mac - Hold the 'Cmd' key and the appropriate AccessKey at the same time.

Adjusting your browser

Did you know you can change the size of text when surfing the Net?

  1. Firefox
    • Select View from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
    • Select Text Zoom.
    • Select preferred Text Size (150%, etc)
  2. Opera
    • Select View from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
    • Select Zoom.
    • Select preferred Text Size (150%, etc)
  3. Internet Explorer
    • Select View from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
    • Select Text Size.
    • Select preferred Text Size (Largest, etc)

Building for Accessibility

Using valid XHTML1.0 in Strict mode and CSS, this site also complies with the Level 'AA' of the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, and current UK legislation on web accessibility.

The W3C has designed the specifications of XHMTL used in conjunction with CSS so that even older versions of browsers should still be able to display the content of any page in a comprehensible way. If you would like to ensure you are viewing a page the way it was intended to be seen, you are invited to consider upgrading your browser via the following links: