We have strived to make this site accessible. This is an approach important to us as it ensures that the site can be enjoyed by everyone, and we would welcome your comments about any aspect of the site, including accessibility.
Using access keys to navigate this site
A number of access keys have been specified to help users navigate the site using keyboard shortcuts:
To navigate the website using access keys on a Windows system using the Internet Explorer web browser
Press and hold down the ALT key. While holding down the ALT key, press the required access key (shown below). Release both keys, and then press the ENTER key.
To navigate the website using access keys on a Windows system using the Firefox web browser
Press and hold down the SHIFT and ALT keys. While holding down the SHIFT and ALT key, press the required access key (shown below).
To navigate the website using access keys on a Mac system:
Press and hold down the CTRL key. While holding down the CTRL key, press the required access key (shown below). Release both keys, and then press the ENTER key.
Access keys used on the site:
s - Skip navigation and go to the page content
t - Return to the top of the page
c - Contact us
0 - Accessibility and Access key details (this page)
1 - Home page
2 - Background Information page
3 - Workforce Development page
4 - Professional Standards page
5 - Magazines & Journals page
6 - Careers in the Field page
7 - Useful Links page
8 - Search the website enter search term
9 - Search the website button activate
Accessibility issues addressed by the site
- Access keys have been defined to allow the site to be navigated quickly using keyboard shortcuts.
- A 'skip to content' link is presented to users with speech browsers. This allows the speech browser to skip past navigation and header images etc, and go directly to the page content.
- An alternative aural 'style sheet' has been provided. The purpose of this is to provide a range of different voice styles etc to give emphasis to different elements on the pages - for example, reading headings or links in a different voice to body text to help distinguish the differences.
- The site will be shown in a useable format for visitors using text broswers.
- Interactive events such as clicking on links etc are not restricted to the use of a mouse in order to work.
- There is a good contrast between background colour and font colour to assist readability. We have also provided alternative colour schemes including standard contrast dark text on light backgrounds, a high contrast scheme with light text on a black background, and a dark text on pale yellow colour scheme that provides a better reading experience for people with dyslexia. You can use the icon links at the top of each page to choose your preferred scheme.
- All major navigation links used on the site are given an alternate text description.
- The site has used clear and simple language to make the information easier to read. We have also provided clear and accurate headings and link descriptions.
- Colour used on the site is purely to enhance the overall look of pages, and the site will function equally well in black and white.
- Font sizes have been specified in relative units as this allows you to increase the font size using your browser settings (please see external links below for more information).
- Form fields have been provided with appropriate labels.
- Good design practise has been employed to ensure that the user can overwrite the site style information with their own chosen styles. The site will also remain in a useable format with style information removed completely.
- The site conforms to XHTML design standards (specified by the World Wide Web Consortium) to ensure that the site works correctly and consistently across a range of platforms. The site also conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 from the Web Accessibility Initiative – (part of the World Wide Web Consortium), and has been validated using a combination of automated and manual testing techniques.
Other important notes
As well as the options mentioned above to change colour schemes and font sizes, you can also use your web brower settings to increase the font sizes on the pages.
Most web browser software includes options that allow you to customise the style of a website to a large extent - e.g. changing the background colours, font face, font size and color to suit your needs and preferences. The best way to find out about applying these options is to access the 'HELP' menu in your web broswer, then use the help contents section to search for information relating to 'ACCESSIBILITY'. Also, please see the useful external links below, particularly the 'BBC My Web My Way' link as it provides an easy to follow set of pages that show you how to make changes to your broswer settings to make web pages more accessible.
Useful external links
AbilityNet is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.
- My Web My Way
This site explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible to you.
Tutorials for Microsoft Products
These step by step tutorials introduce you to some of the most commonly used accessibility features. The instructions show you how to use the mouse or keyboard to navigate, select options, and change settings.
Features in Firefox
Details of accessibility features in the Firefox web browser.