Details of the website accessibility features which have been incorporated within our web site.
The website has been designed and developed to provide users with a more enjoyable interactive experience of the organisation. The site is designed to be inclusive and to provide access to all users regardless of technological or physical disability wherever possible.
The following highlights some of the initiatives designed to make the web site interface and content more usable and accessible.
- Overall Framework and Interface
- Changing Text Size
- W3C Compliance
- Viewing PDF Files
- Viewing Microsoft Word Documents
- Viewing Video Files
- Visual Design
The overall web site has been designed to provide users with a seamless view and user experience. The framework and interface has been designed to provide a consistent structure throughout the site, so users will know exactly where to find navigation, content and important functionality and information.
The structure of the interface is broken down as follows:
- Top Bar – This includes our branding, links and breadcrumb links. All these features are accessible from every page within the web site.
- Content Area – The central content area updates to present the page of content that has been selected.
- Right Panel – This provides access to the items of content, which are related to the page of content you are viewing. Related items include links to internal pages, related news and external sites. All links to external web sites open in a separate window.
If you find the text on our web site too large or too small, you can adjust this through a majority of web browsers using the zoom facility, instructions can be found below to change the text size for the most popular Internet browsers.
Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and Opera
Go to the View menu at the top of your browser window and select Zoom from the drop down menu. From here you can zoom in or zoom out the text size to suit your preference.
Windows keyboard shortcuts:
- Press Ctrl and + to increase the size
- Press Ctrl and – to decrease the size
- Press Ctrl and 0 to go back to the default size
Macintosh and Safari keyboard shortcuts:
- Press Cmd and + to increase the size
- Press Cmd and – to decrease the text size
- Press Cmd and 0 to go back to the default size
The web site has been designed to comply with the guidelines issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) wherever possible.
It is our aim to make our website available to everyone with a variety of initiatives, we’re in constant development to comply with one of the highest standards for website accessibility, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
As part of the development process the web site has been tested using the following technology:
- Screen Magnifiers
If you experience any problems using these tools or have any recommendations to improve accessibility using assistive technology please contact us with your feedback and we’ll do our best to make improvements.
You need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If you do not have the software installed on your computer, you can download it for free from the Adobe Acrobat Reader website.
In order to view, complete and then print the Microsoft Word documents you will need to have a copy of the Microsoft Word application installed on your computer or use a copy of the free Microsoft Word viewer.
You should have this viewer installed on you computer before you download one of our word documents. A copy of the free viewer is available for download from the Microsoft Word Viewer website.
In order to watch and listen to the videos on the web site you will need to have Adobe Flash Player installed. You can download and install for free from the Adobe Flash Player website.
- Colours – We have tried to use colours throughout the Web site that provide maximum contrast between foreground and background items and also various features on the page including headers, body text and hyperlinks.
- Images – All interface graphics and images throughout the Web site have been assigned an Alt-text attribute, which describes the contents or function of the item.
- CSS – Style-sheets have been used for items and text. This means that you can change the text size form within the browser by selecting “View” and then “Text size”.
If you experience any problems using our web site or have any recommendations to improve accessibility please contact us with your feedback and we’ll do our best to make improvements.