Accessibility and Browsers Requirements
For this website to be accessible, it must be as easy to use and understand for as many visitors as possible. We strive to ensure accessibility by complying with or exceeding the recommendations of appropriate industry standards and applicable legislation, and we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our levels of compliance.
This website offers the option for it to be viewed in different text sizes
You can alter the size of the screen fonts using the tools built in to most modern web browsers:
- Internet Explorer (all Windows versions): Go to the 'View' menu, 'Text Size', and select your desired setting. The default is medium. Alternatively, if you have a mouse with a wheel you can hold the CTRL key on your keyboard whilst scrolling up or down with the wheel to alter the text size.
- Mozilla (i.e. Firefox / Camino, Mac and PC): Go to the 'View' menu and either click the 'Increase Text Size' or 'Decrease Text Size' menu items, or alternatively you can use the CTRL key with the mouse wheel or plus and minus keys to increase or decrease the size.
- Internet Explorer 5.1 (Mac): Go to the View menu and use the 'Text Zoom' feature.
- Apple Safari: Go the 'View' menu and use the 'Make Text Bigger' and 'Make Text Smaller' menu items. Alternatively you can use the option key with + or - to increase or decrease the text size.
This website will look best at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or greater, at a colour depth of 16bit or better. Most laptops, and desktops with a screen size of 17" or larger, will run at this sort of resolution and colour depth.
Screen Reader Compatibility
The website supports screen reader programs. We recommend Browsealoud, an application for Mac and PC which can be used with most modern browsers. Once installed, simply click on the logo to switch on the reader and follow the set up instructions. If you have any problems, there is a page which sets out full instructions on installing and uninstalling Browsealoud. When installed, position your cursor at the start of a paragraph and it will start to read automatically. To stop the reader at any point, simply press the Ctrl key.
This website is designed to print well by default. When you print the website it will automatically be reformatted for a clearer appearance on paper.
This site fully complies with the W3C XHTML 1.0 Standard and will validate.
The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) on this site are essentially written according to W3C standards, but we have included additional formatting information which will cause the CSS not to validate. Unfortunately, different web browsers interpret the CSS standard in different ways - often incorrectly - meaning that it is difficult to create stylesheets which both validate against the appropriate standards, but which also allow users to see the website as intended across a wide variety of web browsers and platforms (i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux, etc). We have tried hard to ensure that our users have the best possible experience when browsing this website, irrespective of the sort of browser or computer they prefer to use, but this has meant that we have had to accommodate various browser inconsistencies in our CSS, at the expense of validation.
The Flash plugin (version 9 or greater) is required to listen to the streaming audio available on the website. If you do not have Flash installed (or do not wish to install it) you may still download the audio files in another format (flac).
- Select 'Tools' from the top menu
- Choose 'Internet Options'
- Click on the 'Security' tab
- Click on 'Custom Level'
- Scroll down until you see section labled 'Scripting'
- Under 'Active Scripting', select 'Enable' and click OK
- Select 'Tools' from the top menu
- Choose 'Options'
- Choose 'Content' from the top navigation (or 'Web Features' in Firefox 1.0)
- Select 'Safari' from the top menu
- Choose 'Preferences'
- Choose 'Security'
In order to provide good accessibility some compromises have unfortunately had to be made in terms of full support for certain older browsers which do not support web standards, or support them unreliably or unpredictably. We strongly recommend that you use only the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer 7 or above. Most people have this on their Windows-based PCs already. If you don't have Internet Explorer, or if you have a version earlier than version 7, you should consider obtaining one of the Mozilla browsers (see below) instead, because they are small and quick to download.
- Mozilla Firefox - available at http://www.mozilla.org/
- Google Chrome
- Opera 10 or above