Accessibility

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Considerable attention has been paid to the Web Content Accessiblity Group (WCAG) guidelines during the design of this site and a number of accessibility tools have been used to ensure compliance with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines. Particular attention has been paid to: 

  • images and image maps
  • hyperlinks
  • text (paragraphs, horizontal lines, phrases, punctuation and symbols)
  • colour usage and coordination
  • lists and outlining
  • user-input forms
  • proper use of style sheets (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • tables
  • frames
  • use of applets and scripts.

Cascading Style Sheets

This website uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as a means of controlling the appearance and presentation of this site. Users may use the features of CSS to resize text in their browsers. Alternatively, users may disable or replace the style sheets with their own custom styles.

Changing text size

The default font used on this website is Arial. The font is relatively-sized using CSS which means that you can resize the text within this website directly from your browser. Instructions for resizing the font on the most common browsers are provided below:

Internet Explorer users

  • Click on 'View' on the menu bar
  • Select 'Text Size'
  • Select your desired option for text size
  • Alternatively, if you have a wheel mouse, hold down the CTRL key and use the wheel to interactively scale the font size

Mozilla Firefox users

  • Click on 'View' on the menu bar
  • Select Zoom then 'Zoom In' to increase size and use 'Zoom out' to decrease text size
  • Alternatively, if you have a wheel mouse, hold down the CTRL key and use the wheel to interactively scale the font size
  • Keyboard shortcuts of CTRL and - and CTRL and + are also available

Opera users

  • Click on 'Tools' on the top menu bar
  • Then select 'Preferences'
  • When the dialog appears, click on 'Fonts' in the left panel
  • Locate 'CSS font-family sans-serif' in the right-hand box. Specify the font size you require in the 'Minimum font size (pixels)' option. Select a larger minimum font size if you wish the text to be larger

Images and links

All decorative images on this site contain both ALT and TITLE text. These tags are commonly used by browsers to render 'Alternative Text' for every decorative image; some browsers render these tags as tooltips. ALT and TITLE text may be picked up by the specialist screen-readers used by disabled users, and in many cases this text can be rendered audibly. Users with images switched off in their browsers will see this ALT text displayed as place holders where the images would normally appear within the web page.

All hyperlinks on this website use the TITLE tag. This means that tooltips for links are displayed in commonly used browsers. Specialist browsers used by disabled users may also use these tags to aid accessibility.

For any queries relating to any of the above, please email neolcin at phe dot gov.uk link neolcin@phe.gov.uk .

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