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Improving website visibility

If you want to change the size of the text on this site, you can change your browser settings.

  • In Internet Explorer; select View, then Text Size, then Larger.
  • In Firefox & Netscape; select View, then Text Size, then Increase until you reach your preferred size.
  • In Opera; select View, then Zoom, then choose your preferred percentage size.
  • In Safari; select View, then Make Text Bigger.

For all other browsers please refer to the browser Help section.


A hidden menu at the beginning of each page allows screen reader users to skip navigation and jump to the main content (access key S). A link also provides easy access to this, our website accessibility information page (access key 0).

Headings and navigation

HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, etc. All navigation menus are HTML lists with appropriate headers. This ensures that they can be skipped easily.


All images include an alt tag. Occasionally this may be set to null to allow easy reading of the site by all users.


To ensure that our site is clear and easy to read. We have chosen font and background colours which contrast significantly. If you wish to override the site’s colours, you can change your browser settings to suit your own requirements.


Cascading style sheets are used for all visual layout. If your browser does not support stylesheets, the content of each page will still be readable and clearly structured. To apply your own stylesheet using Internet Explorer:

  • select Tools, then Internet Options, then Accessibility,
  • next click on any or all 3 checkboxes to ignore colours, font styles or font sizes,
  • in the same window you can change your style sheet by clicking the checkbox that says, ‘format document using my style sheet’ then browse to your style sheet and click OK.

For all other browsers please refer to the browser Help section.


Data tables have header cells to allow screen readers to understand them. Table summaries and captions are also used where appropriate. We do not use tables for layout.


To ensure easy navigation, all forms fields follow a logical tab sequence. They also have ‘label’ and ‘id’ attributes to make the process of filling them in as easy as possible.


All text links have been written clearly to identify where they go. Links which open in a new window are labelled “opens new window”. If you do not have JavaScript enabled, the information will be displayed in the same window – use the back button on your browser to return to this website.


Where appropriate, abbreviations and acronyms have been given a full textual explanation.

Making your computer work for you

There are a number of other ways in which you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you. The AbilityNet website(opens new window) has helpful advice on customising your computer. The BBC site My Web My Way(opens new window) has information on how to optimise your web experience on a wide variety of platforms. Start by clicking on the operating system of your computer.

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