Accessibility statement


At, we are committed to ensuring that our website can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone. We are fully committed to meeting the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). We make every effort to ensure our website is accessible to people with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.


Standards compliance & validation

We strive to make websites adhere to priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • All pages will use XHTML 1.0 Transitional mark-up (unless otherwise stated), validated using the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) validation service.
  • All pages will use structured semantic mark-up where possible.
  • All pages will use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS2) for presentation, validated using the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) validation service.
  • All pages are checked in accordance with DDA, W3C and Section 508 guidelines and adhere/comply to these guidelines as far as possible.


Navigation & navigation aids

  • Primary site navigation is generally located at the top of each page.
  • Secondary navigation elements are generally contained in the left or right hand column. This navigation is not site-wide and varies from page to page.
  • A link to the home page is available by clicking on the logo on the top of each page.
  • Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists and styled with CSS.
  • Many links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail.
  • Links are written so as to make sense out of context.
  • Link text is never duplicated. Two links on the same page with the same text always point to the same address.
  • When the site is viewed in a text-only browser, a ‘skip to content’ link becomes visible at the top of each page.
  • Forms have their labels explicitly associated with their controls, to aid users of certain screen readers and speech browsers


Policies & terms

Links to policies, including the privacy statement, terms of use, and accessibility statements, appear at the footer of every page.



All content images used in our sites include descriptive ALT tags. Purely decorative graphics include a ‘null’ ALT attribute.



  • Sites use Cascading Style Sheets for visual layout, validated using the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) validation service;
  • Stylesheets are written to display pages correctly in most commonly-used browsers. In browsers that do not support stylesheets, the flow of content has been tested to ensure it completely retains its sense;
  • The websites use relative font sizes. You can resize the text using your browser. This will not disrupt the layout of the page you are viewing.


PDF files

We have made efforts to minimise the number of files in PDF format on websites we produce. Where they appear, they are accompanied by a link to the Adobe website, where free Adobe Reader software can be downloaded. This software now includes screen-reading functionality.


Use of JavaScipt

We have made efforts to minimise the amount of JavaScript used on the site. Where it is used, an alternative in navigation is offered. 


Moving image & text

No content on the websites we produce features blinking text or images, and nothing will cause your screen to flicker. We keep the use of animation to a minimum and ensure that it is illustrative of existing content. Where Flash animation is used, a static non-Flash image is provided as an alternative.


Personalising your setup

AblilityNet's My Computer My Way site has a useful guide to making your computer more accessible. It offers help with seeing the screen, using your keyboard and mouse, and with language and reading.