Accessibility

We have done our best to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to use this site. If you have any comments or queries regarding the accessibility of this site please do not hesitate to contact us.

Text Size

You will be able to increase the default text size of this site in any modern browser as follows:

Firefox:
Click on “View” then choose “Zoom” and “Zoom In”.  Choosing “Reset” will return the site to the default font size.

Opera:
Choose “View” then “Zoom” and you are able to increase or decrease the page size either by increments of 10% or by 150% and 200%. Choose 100% to return the page size to normal.

Safari:
Choose “View” and then “Make Text Bigger”.  To return to the default size choose “Make Text Smaller”.

Chrome:
Choose the “Customise and Control Google Chrome” icon and select the plus or minus sign next to the zoom option.

Internet Explorer:
Choose the “Tools” icon and then choose the “Zoom” function which will  enlarge the whole page including images.

Skip Links

We have included “Skip Links” on each page in the form of a link at the top right hand side of the page. Clicking this link will take you directly to the page’s main contents, bypassing the navigation.

Skip Links are particularly useful for those using text readers so that when they arrive on a page they don’t have to sit through the navigation menu being read to them every time.

Keyboard Users

Anyone who prefers to use their keyboard to navigate their way around a website rather than their mouse will find that this site has been built with that in mind.

All items on the page including form items, have been built in a logical “tab order” to prevent confusion. All links are also highlighted when they are “tabbed to”.  Those using modern browsers will see highlighted form fields when they tab to the particular field.

Access Keys

We have not used access keys on this site due to their tendency to interfere with the normal operation of the keyboard.

Google Translate and Keyboard Accessibility

Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the Google Translation add-on for this website, it is not keyboard accessible.  Should you require a translation of any part of the site and you are unable to access the translation, please contact us and we will endeavour to help.

Text/Background Contrast

Finally, we have used a very dark grey text on a pale background for the main content of the site to ensure a high enough contrast as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium.

Events Calendar and Internet Explorer 7

Our events calendar allows users to add events directly to their own calendar software such as i-Cal, Outlook or Google Calendar.  Unfortunately this calendar does not function properly in Internet Explorer 7.  We weighed the advantages and disadvantages of using this particular element on the site and felt that the advantages far outweighed the disadvantages.