Accessibility

This website has been designed and programmed to be as accessible as possible and to be compatible with the types of adaptive technology used by people with disabilities, including screen readers.

 

The site has been built to meet as many Priority 1, 2, and 3 checkpoints as possible, as described in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 1 (WCAG1) published by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

This website aims to comply with the UK Government's Disability Discrimination Act of October 1999 and 2004, the Royal National Institute for the Blind's web accessibility guidelines, and the W3C consortium's Web Access Initiative guidelines.

Browsers

This website has been developed to support most modern browsers.

It is recommended that you use the latest version of web browser software. You can download the latest version of browsers free from the following websites:

Screen resolution

This website is designed for a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768. If your current setting is lower than 1024 x 768, the pages will not fit into your browser window without the need to use the scrollbars.

Text size

Some people may wish to view this website in larger text size. To do this you will need to adjust your browser settings:

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the "View" menu in the browser tool bar, select "Text size" and select your required size - either larger or smaller.

If you are using Firefox, go to "View" menu in the browser tool bar, select "Zoom" and select your required size using the "Zoom In" and "Zoom Out".

If you are using Chrome, click on the Control Page icon to the right of the address bar, select "Zoom" and select your required size - either larger or smaller.

If you are using Safari, go to "View" menu in the browser tool bar and select your required size using the "Zoom In" and "Zoom Out".

Download times

In order to make the website more user friendly and allow the amount of information to be increased, a number of software applications are used (see below). Some of these applications may take more time to load than conventional HTML web pages, especially if you are accessing the website using a dial up connection to the internet or via a mobile device or any other wireless connection.

Adobe Flash

You may need Adobe Flash Player to view multimedia presentations or video clips on this site. Text alternatives are provided where possible for video and audio content. You can download the latest version of Flash Player from the Adobe website.

Audio files

To listen to audio files you will need a media player such as Windows Media Player or Real Media Player. They can be downloaded for free from the following sites:

Adobe PDF

Adobe PDF is a file format which saves existing documents with all their original formatting. This means that, when you look at a PDF document, you will see the formatting and layout that the author intended, even if you do not have the program they originally created it in.

In order to view PDF documents, you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer.

On the Adobe website, make sure that you choose the right options in the drop down boxes before you download. Make a note of where you are downloading the installation file to (e.g your desktop). After the download has completed, locate the installation file on your computer and double click on it. The installation programme will do the rest.

Once the Adobe Acrobat Reader software has been installed you will be able to read Adobe PDF files.

Saving a PDF

To save a PDF to your PC computer, right click your mouse over the PDF link and select 'save target as' or 'save link as'. If you have an Apple computer, click the link whilst holding down the 'option' key. You can then save the PDF where you want on your computer.

Accessible PDFs

We recommend that users download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to access Adobe PDF files. The latest version of Adobe Reader enables users to read and use Adobe PDF documents and forms more easily - and across multiple languages. For further information about accessibility and PDFs, please visit www.adobe.com/accessibility.

Adobe PDF troubleshooting

I have clicked on the link but my browser has just gone blank
Browsers have different ways of downloading PDFs. Most will ask you where you would like the file to download on your machine and show a progress meter as the file downloads. However, some browsers load in the PDF page by page and don't show a progress meter. In fact, the file is downloading - the first page should appear after a few minutes.

I've downloaded the file but nothing has appeared
You may need to go to where the file was downloaded on your local drive (probably your c:/windows/temp directory) and click on it from there. If it doesn't work, your Reader is not working properly and should be reinstalled.

For further troubleshooting suggestions, see Adobe technical support.

Further assistance

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