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This section describes the different ways to access the website and also the accessibility standards it complies with.

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the site. On Windows, press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, press Control + an access key.

We have defined the following access keys:

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Standards compliance

Most, but not all* pages meet the following standards benchmarks:

  1. Bobby AA approved, complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
  2. Validates as XHTML 1.0 and CSS2.
  3. Uses structured semantic markup.

Navigation aids

  1. As appropriate, each page has rel=previous, next, and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers and screen readers. Netscape 6, Mozilla, and Opera users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always).
  2. Access to every page of the website is available through the site?map.


  1. Many links have title attributes that describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  2. Whenever possible, links are written to make sense when read out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list separately from the page.
  3. Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.
  4. There are no javascript: pseudo-links. All links can be followed in any browser, even if scripting is turned off.
  5. There are no links that open new windows.


  1. All content images include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual design

This website uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.

  1. The stylesheet uses only relative font sizes, which are compatible with the user-specified ?text size? option in visual browsers. For example, in Internet Explorer you can make your default text size larger under the View menu by selecting Text Size, Larger (or Largest).
  2. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets, the content of each page is still readable.

Have we got it right?

We aim to make this web site as easy to use for everyone. If you do encounter any difficulties with its accessiblity, please tell us and we will work with you to resolve the problems.

To get in touch, please e-mail us at the following address:
[email protected]

*Some pages do not meet these standards due to legacy software essential to the operation of the website. Nevertheless, we have tried to make these pages accessible to users of assistive devices. We hope to comply fully with the relevant standards in future versions of this website.

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