We are committed to making our online resources as accessible as possible in order to achieve the widest possible audience.
Standards we have used in our website design
Our website has been designed with reference to an accessibility checklist and our own Writing for the Web guidelines. This has enabled us to build a website that:
- is easy to navigate
- has a clean design that focuses on content, using plain backgrounds for all text
- highlights sub-sections of pages using a consistent method of headings and sub-headings
- has standard layouts for content pages and promotional pages
- avoids jargon - or explains jargon when it needs to be used
- has concise paragraphs for ease of reading
- uses 'Contents' sections for all longer pages
- uses colour in a way that does not make it difficult for customers with colour-blindness, and other sight impairments, to read.
- uses alternate text for all content images to allow screen readers to present this information. Alternate texts are not used where it is not necessary, for example, on decorative or layout images
- ensures all links are presented using meaningful text that make sense when read on their own. We do not use link texts such as 'click here' and 'more'.
Finding information on our website
There are several ways of finding information on our site including:
- comprehensive links to all first and second level topic areas from the home page
- navigation on the left of content pages provides links to related pages
- a link to the homepage appears at the very top of every page
- a breadcrumb trail shows where you are within the structure of our content pages
- related content boxes are used where relevant
Our site has been designed to work to a high standard in any of the most common screen resolutions and has been tested with different versions of the common web browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome (this is not a complete list).