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Accessibility Policy

Last updated: October, 2006

This website has been developed to ensure that the information provided is freely available to all interested parties.

Every attempt has been made to comply with UK Government guidelines regarding website accessibility, as required by the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995. We believe this website conforms to Level A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 1.0, so all Priority 1 checkpoints as defined in the guidelines are met.

To summarise:

Colour

We have attempted to achieve good colour contrast between copy and page backgrounds, and colour is not relied on to convey information or navigational options (e.g. “click on red to").

Layout and structure

We have used a clear layout and structural markup for elements including headings, paragraphs and lists. Our web pages can also be read when style sheets are turned off.

Images

We have included descriptive alternative text for all instances of images.

Web Standards

This site is web standards compliant. We have used eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML) 1.0 Transitional and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Level 2 that conform to the specifications as laid out by the W3C.

Access Keys

We have deliberately chosen not to use access keys on this site. We feel that keyboard shortcut keys place an unnecessary burden on the memory of the user and that they ultimately replicate functionality already possessed by screen reader technologies. We are aware that Checkpoint 9.5 of the WCAG v1.0 relates to the use of access keys, but in light of the reasons outlined above we have chosen to look towards the upcoming WCAG v2.0, where the implementation of access keys is not a featured checkpoint.

We are committed to making this website as accessible as possible to all audiences. If you have any comments or suggestions, or need assistance accessing information please contact us.

Further information about Accessibility

Supplementary information on these accessibility issues can be found at the Web Accessibility Initiative. Please note that clicking on this link will open content in a new browser window.