Navigation, Content & Media
The homepage can be accessed from any page using the breadcrumb trail or the homepage link at the top of the page. The left hand menu is the easiest way to move around the individual sections of the site.
When you enter one of the main sections of the site, the left-hand menu will change to show you its contents. If there is a lot of information on a page and in the process of scrolling down you lose sight of the menus, then you can use the link to return to the top of the page.
External Website Links
We provide a number of links to external sites. If you have problems using these sites, you should contact their webmaster to report the fault. We hold no responsibility for the content of these sites, and whilst we do our utmost to ensure that all our links take you to live sites, occasionally you may find that a link does not work. If this happens, please let us know.
Non HTML Documents
- Adobe Acrobat (PDF) (Displaying documents)
- Microsoft Word (Word) (Displaying documents)
- Microsoft Excel (Display statistical data)
The documents are only used when supporting other information related to the page. The documents open in a new window when they are viewed or downloaded.
If you do not have software to view these files you can download free reading software by using the links under offsite links on the right or by using the Download Reading Software link when you see a relevant document you would like to download.
Where possible we will aim to make our documents as accessible as possible. Unfortunately we can't guarantee this with all of our documents and where the documents are provided by an external 3rd party we hold no control over these documents.
LocalView is a mapping facility that unfortunately we don't have full access over how this is displayed. We have tried to make this as accessible as possible but understand for some users there may be limitations, unfortunately we have no control over this.
We may embed videos into our web pages, however we may provide an offsite link where videos are relevant and these are hosted by 3rd party sites. We do include a transcript where possible but unfortunately as we do not have full control over these videos we understand that some of the features may not be fully accessible.
Controls - YouTube Videos (Using Tab Key Order)
- Play / Pause button
- Seek bar
The following web sites provide further accessibility information for your web browser:
- GOV.UK web site
- Accessibility information from the BBC
- A hidden menu has been placed at the beginning of each page to allow screen reader users to link to the main areas of the page.
- A link has also been provided at the beginning of each page to provide easy access to this information on accessibility.
Headings and navigation menus
- HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles etc.
Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and it can be skipped easily.
- All images used in this site include descriptive alt tag attributes.
- We have taken care to ensure that the site's font and background colour combinations contrast significantly and are effective in ensuring information is still clear when viewed in different colour combinations.
- If you wish to override the site's colours, you can do this either by using the buttons above or by changing your browser settings to your own preference.
- The font used on our site can be changed in size. You can do this either by using the buttons above or by changing your browser settings to your own preference.
- This site uses cascading style sheets for all visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the use of structured semantic mark up ensures that the content of each page is still readable and clearly structured.
- All data tables have header cells, to allow screen readers to render them intelligently. Table summaries are used.
- We have, wherever possible avoided using tables for layout purposes.
Forms and fields
- All forms fields follow a logical tab sequence to ensure easy navigation.
- Most form fields also have 'label' and 'id' attributes to explicitly associate the form field with its label to allow for easy entry of data.
- All links have been written to make sense when taken out of context.