This website has been designed to be as accessible to as many users as possible. This site passes the W3C requirements for XHTML 1.0. It has also been designed following the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Accessibility Initiative (WAI) accessibility guidelines to Priority level 2. We believe that the site passes the W3C AA requirements as tested on numerous websites such as Cynthia Says and the Wave. We have also checked that the site has good colour contrast, is viewable in greyscale and does not rely on colour alone to deliver our message. All pictures will have alt tags that describe the image, and we will always try to use plain English and explain any jargon.

We have decided not to include a feature on the site which enables you to increase the font size by the click of a button. Although we appreciate these can be useful, there are no standards to follow and there are simple ways to achieve the same result with your own computer. Once this is done all web pages will appear with bigger text and not just ours, meaning the first thing you need to do on a website won’t be search for the increase font size button.

In Windows Internet Explorer, use the View – Text Size menu.

In Macintosh Internet Explorer and Netscape 6 and 7, use the View – Text Zoom menu.

In Firefox and other Mozilla browsers, use the View – Increase Text Size option.

In Safari, use the View – Make Text Bigger option.

In Opera, use the Zoom selector.

Similar results can be achieved on many browsers by pressing the ctrl key on the keyboard and either pressing the + and – key, or if you use a mouse and it has a scroll wheel, you can use that to substitute the + and – keys.

Many downloads on this site use either Adobe Acrobat or Word, you can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat from their website and a Word reader here. After a download link we will explain what software you need to view by using either (PDF), (word), etc.

We have a copy of theĀ full version of Adobe which has accessibility features built into it and all future PDF’s that we create will be utilising these features. However, older PDF’s designed by us and external agencies may not have been created with accessibility in mind.

As with everything on this website if you are having any difficulties then please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or phone 01244 400730 and we will do all we can to assist you.