Accessibility

We are committed to making this website accessible to as many people as possible. Compliance with web accessibility is an ongoing process which we are regularly working to improve.

If you experience problems accessing any of the information on this website, please contact us and we will try our best to fix the problem or provide the information in an alternative format.

Text resizing

This website allows you to change text size, colours (greyscale) and contrast directly from the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen.

accessibility-toolbar< The top icon changes the contrast.

< The second one changes colours to grey.

< The third one increases the font size.

Alternatively, you can use your web browser to change the size of the text, as well as magnify the page. Overviews of the features made available through the main browsers can be found here: – Microsoft accessibility      Accessibility features of Firefox      Google Chrome accessibility

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Languages & translation

The site includes the Google Translate tool, a multilingual service provided by Google Inc. to translate written text from one language into another. There is a language selection widget at the top of every page:-

Translation toolbar image

Clicking on the arrows opens a list of languages. Choose anyone of the 90 languages to see the text on the site translated. Note this function does not translate documents or text included in images.

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Downloadable files

Files have been made available to download in a variety of formats – the most common are Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) and Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx). Reasonable adjustments have been made to ensure that digital publications available on our website are accessible. We have done this by creating tagged PDFs and all images should have a caption or alt text. If you need any document in a different format, please contact us.

You may need to download Adobe Reader to view files in PDF format or download Microsoft viewer software to view Word, Excel or PowerPoint files. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader has incorporated accessibility features. For example, you can hear a PDF document read aloud or scroll a PDF document automatically. You can access these features in the Edit Preferences menu.

Find out more about the free Adobe online conversion tool which converts the content of PDF files to a HTML or text which can be understood by most screen reader applications.

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Browser compatibility

The site has been cross-platform and cross-browser tested and is currently compatible with modern browsers, such as Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer. You may experience issues with older browsers. If you experience any problems, please feel free to contact us.

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Accessibility limitations

Due to certain constraints, we have had to include technologies and features that may cause accessibility issues. These include:-

  • Adobe PDF downloadable documents
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint downloadable documents
  • Google Maps (third party map application)
  • YouTube (third party video application)

We are making reasonable efforts to overcome these limitations by improving their accessibility and failing that, providing accessible alternatives. If you need alternative versions to our downloadable documents (such as plain text or large print) or if you experience any accessibility problems with our site, please contact us.

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