For those not familiar with the WCAG, this is a set of checkpoints designed to ensure that web sites are designed and written properly. For example:
- Images have alternative text (so if you can't see the image you can still read the text).
- Colour contrast between foreground and background is sufficiently strong.
- Text resizes according to user preference.
- Headings are correctly used (they're not just ordinary text made to look big and bold).
- Links make sense by themselves (e.g. no instances of links that say "Click here" or "More...").
- Tables are used for laying out tabular information and have proper headings and summaries.
- Visual presentation is defined in 'stylesheets' and is not embedded in the pages.
For those familiar with the WCAG, we've aimed for AAA compliance but have not adhered to some checkpoints that are no longer relevant or have been demonstrated to hinder accessibility.
We have also tested the site with a range of disabled people and have incorporated their feedback into the site design and construction.
If you have any problems with the accessibility of this site or suggestions for improvement then please do not hesitate to contact us. We will always do what we can to make this site easier for everyone to use.