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Accessibility

We have tried to make this web content as accessible as possible by adopting the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 as the standard of accessibility. The site has been tested against the following browsers (and versions): Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Netscape.

Web standards

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Clifton Media, our UK website designers have built the site to comply with web standards, in particular XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0.

Valid CSS! We've done this in order to separate the content from its presentation, making the site work on as wide a variety of browsers and platforms as possible.

Access keys

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.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

Standards compliance

  1. The pages on this site have been designed to be Bobby AAA approved, complying with all the Bobby guidelines.
  2. The website has been optimised for Search Engines such as Google (UK SEO services)
  3. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  4. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.

Printer Friendly pages

  1. The navigation buttons and top menu bar do not show when a page is printed, as we have implemented a different stylesheet for printers to use. Only the main content is printed.

Links

  1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
  2. Links are written to make sense out of context.

Images

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

Visual design

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

Accessibility references

  1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.

Problems using the site

If you are experiencing any problems with the accessibility of this site relating to a particular platform, or if you use Adaptive Technology and have any suggestions about how we might make the site easier for you to use, please contact us.