Accessibility

Introduction

We are committed to making our sites accessible to all users. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we are continually trying to improve the experience for all our visitors.

Accessibility Features

If you are using a screen reader you will probably find it easier to use this form if you turn off the dynamic page updates used on the form. You can also do this on each page using the link at the start of the page. You will also find a link to skip to content, which will skip straight to the form itself.

This form is written in a simple, well structured way which should make it easy for users of screen readers and other assistive technologies to complete it. Help with finding your way around in a screen reader is available here.

You can also zoom in and out using the text size controls at the start of each page, or using the built in controls on your web browser. Resizing the page or text in your browser is explained here.

Browser Compatibility

This form has been tested in all modern browsers on Windows, MacOS and Linux. All pages are coded in such a way that the content of each page is still readable to any browser or other way of accessing it.

Changing your font size

This section contains instructions on changing your font size.

Mac users please note, where you are told to hold down control, please use the apple key instead.

You can find instructions for the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 8 and 7

You can adjust the size of the page in Internet Explorer 8 and 7 using the following methods:

  • Hold down control and select + (plus) to increase the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select - (minus) to decrease the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the page to its normal size
  • Select the magnifying glass icon at the bottom right of the browser window to increase the page size
  • Select the arrow next to it choose a zoom level

You can also adjust the size of the text only by selecting the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘text size’ menu, and choosing an option.

Firefox 3

You can adjust the size of the page using the following methods:

  • Hold down control and select + (plus) to increase the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select - (minus) to decrease the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the page to its normal size
  • Select the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘zoom’ menu, and choosing an option.

You can also adjust the size of the text only by selecting the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘zoom’ menu, and choosing Zoom text only. The keyboard shortcuts will then alter the size of the text, but not the rest of the page

Opera

You can adjust the size of the page in Opera 9 using the following methods:

  • Select + (plus) to increase the size of the page
  • Select - (minus) to decrease the size of the page
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the page to its normal size
  • Select the arrow next to the magnifying glass icon at the bottom right of the browser window to choose a zoom level
Safari

You can adjust the size of the text in safari using the following methods:

  • Hold down control and select + (plus) to increase the size of the text
  • Hold down control and select - (minus) to decrease the size of the text
  • Hold down control and select 0 (zero) to reset the text to its normal size
  • Select the ‘view’ menu and then the ‘zoom’ menu, and choosing ‘Make Text Bigger’, ‘Make Text Smaller’, or ‘Make Text Normal Size’

Screen Reader Use

This form uses well written, descriptive headings and links throughout. Where it is helpful, the links have additional information as titles. There is also a hidden link at the start of the page so users can skip past the navigation to the content.

If you are using a recent version of a screen reader, you should find that the following keyboard shortcuts allow you to find your way around this and other websites:

  • H to cycle forwards through the headings
  • Shift + H to cycle backwards through the headings
  • 1 to navigate to the next level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the next heading on this level)
  • Shift + 1 to navigate to the previous level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the previous heading on this level)
  • INSERT + F6 to provide a list of all headings