Making Our Website Accessible and Easy To Use
We’ve worked hard to make our website easy to use, navigate and access from whatever device you may be browsing – PC, tablet, phone or screen-reader.
Below are just some of the design considerations we’ve made to enhance your visit.
As well as the usual navigation menus, links to relevant information can also be found in the main content sections. When these are contained in, say, a paragraph, they will look like this link to our Home page. The same is true when used as a contents list, like for this page.
When implemented, Access Keys give visitors a nifty way of moving about a website without using a mouse. However, those folks who benefit most from such niftiness tend to use other proprietary equipment and software (screen-readers for instance) with which pre-programmed Access Keys can conflict.
For this reason, we’ve limited site-wide functionality on our site to the following:
-  – Website Information (this page)
-  – Home Page
-  – Site Map
Why that numbering? Although we’ve not fully implemented the UK Government Access Key System, where we have, we’ve kept to the standard numbering.
Our Contact page is the only other place we sparingly use Access Keys to navigate to Form Fields.
How to Use Access Keys
Internet Explorer users, hold down the [ALT] key, press the required [Access Key], release both keys and then press enter.
Firefox users, keeping the [ALT] and [SHIFT] keys held down, press the required [Access Key].
Opera users, press the [SHIFT] and [ESC] keys, this brings up a list of Access Keys configured for the page. Select the required [Access Key].
Some browsers don’t use Access Keys. However, when implemented, they will have their own variations of the above.
Using the [TAB] key is another way of navigating a web page or site. Pressing the [TAB] key will select the next link on the page. Continue hitting the [TAB] key and you will move through the page from link to link. Once you arrive at a link you want to follow, press the [ENTER] key and you’ll be taken to the linked content.
To move backwards through the links, hold down the [SHIFT] key while pressing [TAB].
You can also use the [TAB] key to move between fields in our Contact form.
Mobile Devices and Other Screen Resolutions
No matter what anyone says, be it large or small, size does matter! To accommodate the wide variety of display devices available today, we’ve taken the time to ensure that, whatever screen you use, our site doesn’t mess up and become difficult to read.
To be more specific, our site uses (what’s termed) a responsive layout design, optimised for display widths (or resolutions) between 320 and 1280 pixels.
Try it yourself…
If you’re on a PC, reduce the size of the browser window and see how our site adapts. You can also achieve the same effect by increasing the text size as described below. This ensures that visitors browsing from mobile/tablet devices don’t have to constantly shrink/expand their browser windows to display information clearly.
Most modern browsers allow you to enlarge (or reduce) text size, thus enabling you to configure the most comfortable size of text to read. As with the screen resolutions mentioned above, our site is designed to accommodate this without messing up the layout and making things more difficult to read.
Try it yourself…
For Firefox and Google Chrome, keeping the [CTRL] key held down, press [+] (next to [BACKSPACE] on a UK keyboard) until you get the required text size. To reduce the size, again hold the [CTRL] key down but this time press [-] (which is to the left of [+] ). To reset your browser to the default size, hold the [CTRL] key down and press  (that’s the number zero!).
Opera users, keeping the [SHIFT] key held down and pressing [+] will zoom into the page i.e. make the text bigger. To zoom out, i.e. make text smaller, just press the [-] key until you reach the required size. To reset to the default browser size, hold the [CTRL] key down and press , as with Firefox/Chrome above.
Unfortunately, Internet Explorer is not so easy to manipulate as it relies on selecting options from the menu at the top of the screen. To modify text size, select the Page (IE7,8) menu option either with your mouse or holding down the [ALT] key and pressing [p] (IE7,8). Once the menu is expanded, select [x] for teXt, then with your mouse or arrow keys select the required text size from the options available.
All that said, if you have a mouse that has a scroll wheel, holding down the [CTRL] key while moving the wheel backwards or forwards, will resize the browser text either up or down respectively.
We’ve designed and tested our site to work in the following browsers:
We currently don’t use Flash on our website.
Web Standards and Validation
We believe that agreed and recognised Standards are, on the whole, a good thing!
With this in mind, our site has been hand crafted to conform to the latest HTML5 and CSS3 standards.