Accessibility

We welcome any questions and comments regarding this site’s accessibility policy.

Standards Compliance

  1. All pages on this site should follow Priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
  2. All pages should use structured semantic markup. H1 tags should be used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3. Opera users can skip sections by using “S” and “W” to cycle forwards and backwards respectively through headings.

Structural Markup

Pages on this site should include 4 different areas:

  1. A header bar
  2. A side bar that includes the main site navigation
  3. A main content area,
  4. A footer.

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), these four areas should be rendered in the above order.

Access Keys

Pre-defined access (shortcut) keys often clash with keys set aside for use with other software – including software that allows users with particular needs to browse the Web. This site does not define access keys so that any potential clashes with other software are avoided.

Images

  1. Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this site should have suitable text alternatives.
  2. Content should be usable/accessible with images ‘off’ (disabled).

Links

  1. The first link in every page should be “Skip to content”. This can be used to jump directly to the page’s primary content — avoiding all navigation links within the site’s main menu.
  2. Link text should be written to make sense out of context.
  3. Outside of the site’s navigation menu, colour alone should not be used to identify links. All links should be underlined.
  4. No link should open in a new window or tab.