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Accessibility Features of This Site

This website is designed to be accessible to as many users as possible, and to meet or exceed current United States accessibility legislation and internationally accepted guidelines.

Standards compliance

Pages on this website conform to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to priority level 2 and conform to both the spirit and the letter of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

This site was built using current web-standards, using valid CSS for all visual layout and valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional for markup.

All pages on this site use structured semantic markup, meaning that if your browser or browsing device does not support CSS, the content of each page should still be readable.

Access Keys

Access keys provide keyboard shortcuts as an alternative means of navigation. In the absence of a universal standard for access keys, we have used those recommended for government websites:

  • 0 - Accessibility information (this page)
  • 1 - Home Page
  • 2 - Latest News
  • 3 - Site Map
  • 4 - Search
  • 5 - Frequently Asked Questions
  • 6 - Jobs
  • 7 - Feedback & Suggestions
  • t - Alternate Site Layout
  • u - Login

How to use Access Keys

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4: press 'alt' and the relevant shortcut key (eg 1 for the home page) at the same time.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or 6: press 'alt' and the shortcut key and then press the enter key.
  • Netscape 6: click anywhere on the page, then press 'alt' and the shortcut key at the same time.
  • Mac users: press 'ctrl' and the shortcut key

Alternate Site Layout for the Vision Impaired

Users with vision impairments may wish to browse the site with an alternate layout designed for use with assititive technologies such as screen readers. The alternate layout restructures the page so that the main content of the page is displayed first, followed by the menu and links. The alternate layout also displays dynamic content in a format readable by assistive technologies.

Links

Linking text have been written to make sense out of context, and, wherever possible, title attributes which describe the link in greater detail have been added.

Images

All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics are either applied using CSS, or include null ALT attributes.

Changing text Size

This website does not use fixed text sizes, and is designed so that the page layout does not "break" when text size is changed. To change the text size in MS Internet Explorer, Click "View" on the top menu, scroll down to "Text Size" and choose your preferred size. All browsers should provide a similar option. Most modern browsers such as MS Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox 3.0 include a zoom option that resizes the entire page (not just the text). This is the preferred method of increasing visibility.