We want to make our website as accessible as possible to help people with visual, hearing, motor or cognitive impairments. In concrete terms, the site has been designed using the following methods to make it as easy to use as possible:
- All pictures have an alternative text description;
- Our stylesheets allow for text resizing using the View – Text Size option in the browser toolbar;
- The website stylesheets can be easily switched off for high contrast viewing should the theme be difficult to read;
- We are committed to plain english in all our written content;
- Our site has been designed without the use of tables except where we need to represent normally tabulated content i.e timetables;
- The website can be navigated without the use of a mouse;
- A sans-serif font is used for easier readability;
- We do not use all-capitals for emphasis, except for visual impact in a minority of cases;
- We use a hierarchy of heading markups i.e a H1 tag for site/page headings, a H2 for page/sub headings etc which makes it easier for screen readers to work out the stucture of a page; and
- Our site can be viewed in a logical order when all styling is turned off.
More information on accessibility
AbilityNet has a range of tips and suggestions relating to accessibility issues on its website which should help you to set up your computer in ways that will help you.
If you know of something extra that we could do to help a specific user group, please do let us know and we'll talk to our website developer about trying to change the site to include it.