We’re committed to making the information and resources provided on this website easily accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

An accessible website:

  • Is one that takes the full range of users into account
  • Does not exclude anybody due to their abilities or the method they choose to access the web
  • Prioritises clear content, structure and ease of navigation over frilly aspects of design – but can still be visually attractive
  • Isn’t prevented from using the latest web technologies, as long as all information is still accessible to users
  • Accepts that there is no standard user or device for browsing information

To enable this, the site has been designed to be as usable and accessible as possible.

We follow widely accepted ‘best practice’ principles for design and usability:

  • Using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • All content images on this site are provided with descriptive ‘ALT’ or ‘TITLE’ attributes
  • Where images contain important information (such as charts and tables), alternative information is provided as inline descriptions (‘LONGDESC’) of tabular data

Are we getting it right? Tell us if we’re hitting or missing the accessibility mark on any part of this site.

Why do accessibility and web standards matter? Find out at the Web Standards Project.