Accessibility

In this statement we set our standards for accessibility and give the reasons for decisions that we’ve made. This site was designed, built and is maintained by CST Group. CST has taken an active interest in accessibility issues and has endeavored to produce this site to a high accessibility standard. This not only benefits those accessing the website with screen reading technology but is useful for everyone.

Navigation Shortcuts

The site utilises links that will let you jump to the site navigation, and main content.

Structured, Semantic Markup

CST has recognised the need to use structured meaningful mark up and to separate style from content where possible. HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, h2 tags for subtitles and so on. This can make it easier for people with screen reading devices to gain a quicker understanding of the page's content.

Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists. This ensures that they can be skipped easily and the number of links in the list can be read out from the start.

Although this is no guarantee that a site is accessible, we’ve validated the website to current HTML specification and best practices where we feel it appropriate to do so.

Links

Links are created so that they still have meaning when read out of context. For example a screen reader might not know what “click here” means so we’ve avoided using links in this way.

Images

All non-decorative images used in this site include descriptive alt attributes. Purely decorative graphics include empty alt attributes or are not included in the HTML.

Zoom

Most modern browsers will allow the page to be zoomed.

Forms

We have tried to make our forms as accessible as possible by keeping the layout of them simple and logical. Also, labels are associated with inputs using HTML label tags, Radio and checkboxes come before their associated labels and a HTML fieldset is used to group sets of form controls together.

Scripting

The majority of the scripting is server side. The rest of the site is accessible if client side scripting is unavailable.

Having said all of that...

We're only human, and we may have made mistakes. We believe that no web site is truly accessible to everybody as people have different needs. Also accessibility guidelines are constantly being reviewed and refined. If you spot any accessibility problems on this website please let us know.