Accessibility

We have made every effort to make this web-site accessible and easy to use by everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you have any disabilities.

The site's layout takes into account users who are blind or visually impaired and is compatible with popular screen reading software.  If you have difficulties using a mouse, the site can be navigated using only a keyboard.

In technical language, all pages on this site have been coded using valid Transitional XHTML 1.0 markup and standards compliant Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for formatting and layout.

This website conforms to the UK government guidelines for websites as specified in the Disabilities Discrimination Acts of 1995 and 2005.  It also follows the Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, meeting all level double-A checkpoints.

Maintaining an accessible site is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer a user friendly experience. However, if you have any problems using this web site please contact us by email.

Accessible technology

The government's Directgov web-site has information about making computers easier to use and  the types of software available for disabled users.

Software to open documents

This website links to documents and files in a number of different formats.  You may need special software, which is available free of charge, to read some of these documents and files and this is indicated by placing the following logos with the link. The following logos are used and the required software can be downloaded by clicking over the link beside it:

Adobe Acrobat document icon Adobe Reader   Microsoft Excel spreadsheet icon Microsoft Excel   Windows Media Player file icon Microsoft Media Player
Microsoft Powerpoint presentation icon Microsoft Powerpoint   Word document icon Microsoft Word   Real Player media file icon Real Player
      Compressed ZIP file icon Decompression software is built in to
Windows XP & Vista. Windows 95,98,
ME & 2000
users will need to download
decompression software
.

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