Accessibility and Standards

General statement

We have made every effort to make this site accessible and easy to use for everyone independant of what browser you are using, or if you suffer from any disabilities.

All pages on this site have been subject to an accessibility audit and should be valid to XHTML 1.0 Strict or XHTML 1.0 Transitional (where data entry forms are used), use CSS and conform to the WCAG AA standard. Where individual pages fall short of the AA rating we will specify which standard has been achieved. To read more about W3C standards, please choose from one of the links below.

Flash objects are not yet recognised in the W3C standards and hence where Flash is used, the page will not comply for the Flash element.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict Valid CSS! Level Double-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

Browser Support

The whole web site has been tested using a range of browsers.

You should find that it displays correctly in Firefox, Explorer, Chrome, Opera. Safari and Flock. Netscape users should be aware that development and support for Netscape has ceased. Netscape will not display this site correctly and you are advised to obtain a different browser.


A set of standard AccessKeys have been used to allow those who can not use a mouse, or just prefer to use the keyboard to navigate between main sections of the site, and through documents, by using the keyboard.

How to use them

Whilst most mainstream browsers do support AccessKeys not all do, and those that do support them do so inconsistently. The following combinations cover all the current known key combinations to use AccessKeys:

The keys

Some browsers (such as Firefox) will take you straight to the page. Others may require you to press Return after the access key.