We recognise the importance of accessibility and have worked to ensure that our "website and its content must be written to be as accessible as reasonably possible". Our target is to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA Standard as set out by the Worldwide Web consortium (W3C), who set globally agreed standards on accessibility.
Web accessibility means access to the internet by everyone, regardless of disability. This means that people with disabilities should be able to perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with web sites and online applications and that these should work well with the assistive technologies which some people with disabilities use to access the internet - such as screen readers, screen magnifiers and text-to-speech devices.
If you have any problems using our site or require information in another format, please contact us. There are also options within your browser that can help you access web sites more easily and the most common one is outlined below.
Access keys let you navigate around the website without using your mouse. They can be used to jump directly to different sections of the site or certain areas within a page.
|a||Go to the Accessibility page.|
|h||Go to the Home page.|
|s||Skip to the Search section of current page.|
|t||Skip to the Top section of current page.|
|c||Skip to the Content section of current page.|
You can navigate to different sections using your browser as follows:
|Internet Explorer 5+ (PC)||Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER.|
|Netscape 7 (PC)||Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.|
|Firefox, Mozilla (PC)||Hold down the ALT+SHIFT key and press the number of the access key.|
|Firefox, Mozilla (Mac)||Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key.|
|Safari (Mac)||Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key.|
|Opera||Hold down the Shift key and press Escape, release both keys, then press the number of the access key.|
Please note that some assistive technology tools such as the IBM HomePage Reader and WindowEyes already make use of the alt+[access key] combinations. As such, users of these tools will not be able to use these access keys.
Changing text size
If you have difficulty reading the text on the screen you can resize the font size in your browser as follows:
|Internet Explorer 5+ (PC)||1. Open the "View" menu with the mouse or by pressing ALT + "V".
2. Select the "Text Size" option with the mouse or by pressing "X".
3. Choose your preferred text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing "Enter" or by clicking on it.
|Netscape 7 (PC)||1. Click on the "View" menu with the mouse or press ALT + "V".
2. Click on the "Text Zoom" option with the mouse or press "Z".
3. Click on the text size you want with the mouse or use the up and down keys and then "Enter" to select the text size you want.
|Firefox, Mozilla (PC)||Press CTRL and "+" to increase the text size, CTRL and "-" to decrease the text size.|
|Firefox, Mozilla (Mac)||Press CTRL and "+" to increase the text size, CTRL and "-" to decrease the text size.|
|Safari (Mac)||Increase or decrease the text size with "Apple" and "+" and "Apple" and "-".|
|Opera||You can increase or decrease the size of both text and graphics using the numberpad "+" and "-" keys.|