Accessibility

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. There are many things you can do to make the web easier to use. This may involve changing your browser, computer, keyboard or mouse settings.

Text resizing

This website allows you to change text size and contrast directly from the site header. Alternatively, you can use your web browser to change the size of the text, as well as magnify the page.

To change text size in Internet Explorer 7 and later:

  • Go to ‘Page’ then ‘Text Size’, select a text size from the list

To magnify the page in Internet Explorer 7 and later:

  • Use the zoom button in the bottom right corner of the screen to select a zoom level. Alternatively, you can go to ‘Page’ then ‘Zoom’ and select a zoom level
  • You can also use the shortcut keys CTRL and + to zoom in, CTRL and - to zoom out and CTRL and 0 to reset to 100%

A greater overview of the features made available through Microsoft can be found at the Microsoft Accessibility website.

To change text size in Mozilla Firefox:

  • Go to ‘View’ then ‘Zoom’, enable the ‘Zoom Text Only’ option and then select ‘Zoom In’ or ‘Zoom Out’
  • You can also use the shortcut keys CTRL (Command on the Mac) and + to zoom in, CTRL (Command on the Mac) and - to zoom out, CTRL (Command on the Mac) and 0 to reset to 100%

To magnify the page in Mozilla Firefox:

  • Go to ‘View’ then ‘Zoom’, deselect the ‘Zoom Text Only’ options and then select ‘Zoom In’ or ‘Zoom Out’
  • You can also use the shortcut keys CTRL (Command on the Mac) and + to zoom in, CTRL (Command on the Mac) and - to zoom out, CTRL (Command on the Mac) and 0 to reset to 100%

Find out more about the accessibility features of Firefox.

Downloadable files

Files have been made available to download in a variety of formats - the most common are Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) and Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx). Reasonable adjustments have been made to ensure that digital publications available on our website are accessible. We have done this by creating tagged PDFs and tested the reading order. All images should have a caption or alt text. However, you may come across earlier versions of files on our site which are not as accessible. If you need any document in a different format, please contact our information team.

You may need to download Adobe Reader to view files in PDF format or download Microsoft viewer software which is available as seperate packages for WordExcel or PowerPoint files.

The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader has incorporated accessibility features. For example, you can hear a PDF document read aloud or scroll a PDF document automatically. You can access these features in the Edit Preferences menu. Find out more about the free Adobe online conversion tool which converts the content of PDF files to a HTML or text which can be understood by most screen reader applications.

Web standards

This website has been developed to conform to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for HTML (HyperText Mark up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This website is reliant upon HTML and CSS to render content.

Additional technologies including JavaScript have been utilised, however, this website is not reliant on these technologies as they are used to enhance functionality. Every effort has been made to make these technologies as accessible as possible.

In order to make this site accessible to a wide audience we have worked closely with our developers towards WCAG 2.0 to the level of priority 2 (double-A compliance).

Contact us

We are continually seeking solutions that will improve the accessibility of our website. We welcome feedback regarding accessibility of this site. If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at [email protected].

If your enquiry is regarding digital publications, please contact our team on:

Email: [email protected]