Site Accessibility

Accessibility Statement

We're committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience - regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website, and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative)

This website strives to achieve Triple-A accessibility of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0), employing best practice techniques where certain Priority 3 checkpoints have become outdated and counter-productive.

The WCAG 1.0 explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines helps make the web more user friendly for all people.

W3C Standards

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for
XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS. The site displays correctly in current (and many obsolete) browsers, and by using validated standards compliant XHTML/CSS code, any future browsers should also display it correctly.

Exceptions

Whilst our website complies with known accessibility and usability guidelines, it is not always possible to do so to the letter of each checkpoint. Browsers and access technologies have outgrown many of the difficulties that once needed guidelines to overcome them, rendering some checkpoints obsolete.

In light of this, we are continually developing solutions that ensure the website conforms to the spirit of each checkpoint, bringing together a high standard of practical accessibility and usability throughout the website. The following exceptions are also in line with the new version of the accessibility guidelines to be released soon.

Access Keys

Checkpoint 9.5 of WCAG 1.0 recommends providing keyboard short-cuts to important links, often called "access keys". However, these have caused problems in testing as they often with browser specific short-cuts, and it is now felt that these are best left off public websites.

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