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Accessibility


Standards compliance

The site is Bobby A approved, we are currently working to comply with all priority 3 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

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Navigation aids

The home page and all subsequent pages include search functionality to search the sites content.

The Main sections of the site are accessed via coloured ‘Lozenge’ navigation bars on the homepage. Subsequent sub pages of these main sections are also linked using Lozenge bars. Sub pages that are ‘child’ pages of a top level page, use sub page navigation links on the left hand navigation panel, where appropriate.

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Links

Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article). Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page. link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.

There are no "javascript:" pseudo-links. All links can be followed in any browser, even if scripting is turned off.

There are no links that open new windows without warning.

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Images

All content images used on the site have descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.

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Hints and Tips

Changing fonts for all webpages you visit with Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on 'Tools' in the menu bar and select 'Options' from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click on the 'Content' tab.
  3. Under the heading 'Fonts & Colours', click 'Advanced' to open the ‘Fonts’ window.
  4. Click on the drop-down list next to 'Proportional'.
  5. Select whether you want proportional text to be serif or sans-serif. Then, depending on which option you choose:
  6. Select a serif font by clicking on the drop-down list next to 'Serif’.

    Or, to select a sans-serif font, click on the drop-down list next to 'Sans Serif'.

    You can also change the font size here by using the drop-down menus on the right.

  7. Untick the option 'Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above', to make certain that Firefox will use your font choices.
  8. Click on the 'OK' button.
  9. Click on the 'OK' button again to complete and return to Firefox.

Changing the text size temporarily

You can do this by increasing or decreasing the magnification of a web page.

  1. Click on 'View' in the menu bar and then select 'Zoom' from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click on 'Zoom In' to increase the magnification, or click on 'Zoom Out' to decrease it.
  3. You can also change the magnification by doing the following:

    Increase the magnification by pressing Ctrl and ‘+’ (plus) to zoom in.

    Decrease the magnification by pressing Ctrl and '-' (minus) to zoom out.

    At any time, you can reset the magnification by pressing Ctrl + 0.

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Changing fonts for all webpages you visit with Internet Explorer (versions 7 and above)

  1. Click on 'Tools' in the menu bar and select 'Internet Options' from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the new ‘Internet Options’ window, select the 'General' tab.
  3. Click on 'Accessibility', found under the ‘Appearance’ options.
  4. In the new ‘Accessibility’ window, tick the option 'Ignore font styles specified on webpages' to make certain that Internet Explorer will use your font choices.
  5. Click on 'OK' to return to the 'Internet Options' window.
  6. Click on 'Fonts', found under the ‘Appearance’ options.
  7. In the new 'Fonts' window, select the font you wish to use from the 'Webpage font' list. You will see a sample of the selected font in the box below the font list.
  8. Click 'OK' to confirm your selection and return to the 'Internet Options' window.
  9. Click 'OK' on the 'Internet Options' window to return to Internet Explorer.

Change the text size in Internet Explorer (versions 7 and above)

You can change the text size temporarily by increasing or decreasing the magnification of a webpage.

Increase the magnification by pressing Ctrl and ‘+’ (plus) to zoom in.
Decrease the magnification by pressing Ctrl and '-' (minus) to zoom out.

For most sites, you can also change the text size by clicking on the 'Page' icon in the menu bar and selecting 'Text Size' from the drop-down menu. Select your preferred text size from the list of options; Smallest, Smaller, Medium, Larger, Largest.

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