We want this website to be easy to use, and as accessible as possible for people using different types of computer systems or other devices.
An accessible website doesn't exclude anyone because they have a visual impairment or another disability, or because they are older, or because they have a slow internet connection of lack the latest software.
It means that anyone can understand it, navigate around it, contribute to it and use its interactive services.
The site avoids techniques that need technical know-how to use. It concentrates on good, solid information written in plain language, presented clearly, and easy to navigate around.
Meeting accessibility standards
Websites are graded by a set of internationally-recognised accessibility standards. To reach a standard a web page must meet a list of conditions. The more conditions it meets, the more likely the page is to be easily used by all customers, including those with a visual impairment or physical disability.
providing text alternatives to visual content like pictures and diagrams
not relying on colour alone to distinguish between two elements
allowing the user to change the size of the text
ensuring the site works equally well on all devices
providing clear navigation
presenting readable and understandable content
The gradings are:
'no grading' for pages that don't reach a minimum standard of accessibility
'A' grading for pages that have some accessibility
AA for pages that meet most accessibility criteria
AAA for pages that are fully accessible
We are working on improving our website and its accessibility all the time and try to ensure that every page on our website meets AA standard.
The standards are set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
AbilityNet provides guidance about: