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Accessibility

We have constructed this site to conform to the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act as closely as possible and to offer as high a level of accessibility as is practial.

If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, TTY, etc.) and the format of material on our server impairs your ability to access the information, please contact us.
To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

Some of the information available from this website is published in PDF format.  A suitable reader such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, will be required and may be downloaded here.

Usability

To make the site as user-friendly to all as we can, we have incorporated a number of features that will make it easier for you to find your way around and to view our content these include: » Breadcrumb trails - Always tell you where in the structure of the website the page you are looking at is located. For example, this page has: home > accessibility

Consistent and meaningful page content and titles.

Consistent presentation - The site is built using a design that remains consistent from page to page. The primary menu options have been designed to be statically positioned and intuitive to use.

All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
Wherever possible we will provide documents in an HTML format for viewing online with web browsers or using assistive technologies such as screen readers.

Cascading style sheets for visual layout. This gives benefits in terms of accessibility, although the different ways in which web browsers interpret style sheets may lead to some small formatting errors. Even if your browser does not support stylesheets at all, the contents of each page should still be readable.

This site uses only relative font sizes, which means you can to alter the font sizes to suit your preference.
Users of the Firefox browser can acheive this by holding down the CTRL and + to make larger or CTRL and -  symbol to make smaller. CTRL and 0 will reset.
Users of Internet Explorer 7 can change the text size from the following menu in their browser; View > Text Size menu.
We recommend that users of Internet Explorer version 6 or earlier version should upgrade to the current browser release. This is free from microsoft Download Internet Explorer here

WEB BROWSERS

This web site was developed and tested satisfactorily using the following web browsers:
Windows Internet Explorer 6
Windows Internet Explorer 7
Mozilla Firefox 2.0
Mozilla Firefox 3.O
Safari for Windows 3.0
Macintosh Safari 2.0
Google Chrome 0.3

STANDARDS

The website has been developed to meet the World Wide Web Consortiums (w3.org the controlling body for the internet) recommended standard of XHTML 1.0 and validates at the transitional level across the majority of the site.
If any page does not meet this level, it is solely because of the requirment for dynamic functionality that is specifically required for the operation of content on those pages.

We strive where possible to meet and exceed the Priority 1 standards guidelines for Accessibility, set out under the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative. References
W3 Accessibility Guidelines - which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
W3 Accessibility Techniques - which explains how to implement each guideline.
W3 Accessibility Checklist - a developer's guide to accessibility.
Contact us for more information. We would love to hear from you.