We have tried hard to ensure that our website is as easy to use and understand for as many visitors as possible, and we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our levels of compliance. Should you have any technical problems with the website or if you're having difficulty finding the information you need please contact us and we will do our best to help.
This website offers the option for it to be viewed in different text sizes. Two icons allow you to select the different size text and are on each page at the top. The font-size will increase or decrease incrementally as you click one of the icons.
You can also alter the size of the screen fonts using the tools built in to most modern web browsers:
A text only (high contrast) version of this website is available by clicking the 'Text Only' link (which has a 'T' icon) at the top of the page. You will see a simpler version of the site with larger, brighter text which should be easier to read. This mode will also be the best option if you intend to use the website using a screenreader.
The website supports screen reader programs. We recommend Browsealoud, an application for Mac and PC which can be used with most modern browsers. Once installed, simply click on the logo to switch on the reader and follow the set up instructions. If you have any problems, there is a page which sets out full instructions on installing and uninstalling Browsealoud. When installed, position your cursor at the start of a paragraph and it will start to read automatically. To stop the reader at any point, simply press the Ctrl key.
Each page of the website can be displayed in a 'printer friendly' version, which has no dark backgrounds and no navigation but which retains all of the essential information (text, headers etc), nicely formatted for printing. Click the 'Print Version' icon / link at the top of the page to access this function. The printer friendly version of the page will open in a new window, and the web browser will automatically send a print command to your printer.
This site fully complies with the W3C XHTML 1.0 Standard and will validate.
The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) on this site are essentially written according to W3C standards, but we have included additional formatting information which will cause the CSS not to validate. Unfortunately, different web browsers interpret the CSS standard in different ways - often incorrectly - meaning that it is difficult to create stylesheets which both validate against the appropriate standards, but which also allow users to see the website as intended across a wide variety of web browsers and platforms (i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux, etc). We have tried hard to ensure that our users have the best possible experience when browsing this website, irrespective of the sort of browser or computer they prefer to use, but this has meant that we have had to accommodate various browser inconsistencies in our CSS, at the expense of validation.
You may notice that this website uses the Flash plugin. It does so only for typographical / aesthetic reasons: if you do not have the Flash plugin installed, you will see exactly the same content.
In order to provide good accessibility some compromises have unfortunately had to be made in terms of full support for certain older browsers which do not support web standards, or support them unreliably or unpredictably. We strongly recommend that you use only the following browsers:
The following browsers are not recommended on any platform - they will show the website but may not display the pages optimally:
We appreciate that it might not seem easy or desirable to have constantly to upgrade your browser! If you do have an older browser, or one not on the list above, and you are unable or unwilling to change it, rest assured you will still be able to use the site, but you will not have the best viewing experience. Additionally most accessibility enhancements will not be available to you. Netscape 4 users may only view the site in text-only mode. We therefore again strongly recommend you upgrade your browser. If you'd like to read more about why this is a good idea more generally, visit the Web Standards Project.