We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website, no matter what technology they use to access it. We take our lead from a range of different standards and guidelines. Here are the features that make our website accessible to everyone.
What makes us user-friendly
All of our pages use structured semantic markup. It makes sure that content appears in the most logical way for users and makes it easy to read. It also means content is better formatted for search engines and assistive technology, like screen readers.
We've used a common, accessible design. This lets everyone browse our pages, including disabled users or anyone who uses assistive technology.
We use the latest HTML5 technology, meaning our website will work just as well in the future as it does today. It also means you can download pages faster, stream videos and audio easily and visit the site with your mobile devices.
Simple links and navigation
Many links have title attributes, which describe the link in more detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (like the headline of an article, for example). Wherever possible, links are written to make sense when read out of context.
Many browsers (such as JAWS) can extract the list of links on a page and let you to browse the list separately from the page.
Link text is never duplicated: two links with the same link text always point to the same web address.
Graphics, pictures and images
We include text descriptions ('Alt-Tags') that meet internationally recognised web accessibility guidelines. All graphical navigation buttons are 'Alt-tagged'. Where images are just used for decoration, they have NULL alt text (alt="").
We follow 'use-of-English' guidelines, including those recommended by Mencap and the Plain English Campaign. So you'll find our website easy to read and understand.