There are two million people with sight problems in the UK. Good design can make a web site accessible to them. We have followed guidelines based on the World Wide Web Consortium's (WC3) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) A-level Standard.
This site has been designed to allow users with impaired sight, blindness and colour blindness to get the most from it. For users with impaired sight all text can be fully enlarged. Text-based links, rather than graphic images, have been used so that visitors can still navigate the site in enlarged format. For people with colour vision problems, all background colours have been chosen to ensure the best possible contrast. These background tints can be removed if necessary.
The layout of the site and each page within it, has been designed to a logical format. This means that people using speech synthesiser software can navigate easily around the site. It also helps those who cannot use a mouse to 'tab' through each page via their keyboard (or other specialist device) in a logical manner.
In addition, a navigation bar at the top of each page means that users can see exactly where they are within the site.
These are just a few of the guidelines that have been adhered to in the design of this site. For a more detailed breakdown, visit the World Wide Web Consortium Web Site (www.w3.org).