WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY

We continually try to make this website usable by as many people as possible.

 

New Accessibility Regulations

New regulations mean public sector organisations will soon have a legal duty to make sure websites and apps meet accessibility requirements. Public sector websites published on or after 23 September 2018 must be compliant by 23 September 2019. Any websites due to be published after this date must be compliant before going live. Public sector websites published before 23 September 2018 must be compliant by 23 September 2020.

This website was published before 23 September 2018 and so the developers are currently working to make it comply with version 2.1AA of the W3C accessibility standard before 23 September 2020. We will post any updates on this page.

 

Text Sizing and Line Height

All page text fonts are a minimum of 16pt for the minimum line height (line spacing) to at least 1.5 times the font size.

In addition, text size on this website can be adjusted on most browsers by pressing Ctrl and + to enlarge or Ctrl and - to reduce.

 

Colour Contrast

An initial update, to ensure that all text meets WCAG 2.1AA guidelines for text contrast ratio requirements has been completed. This includes text shown in the heading, in navigation menus and in the main page area. Buttons and icons are also checked. As with all content managed websites it is possible that added images, and in some cases pasted text, could contain font colours that fail to meet these requirements. Websites are reviewed periodically by the site developers to ensure accessibility is adjusted and requirements are met.

It is also possible there may be some practice branding which could include logos, headings and buttons which are not within the WCAG 2.1AA contrast guidelines. Alternatively, until the main update is completed, there are many ways of altering the page contrast via your web browser. A search for 'browser change colour contrast' will reveal many websites offering advice. Alternatively, to change or invert the colour scheme, to make website pages easier to read, we recommend installing the Chrome extension High Contrast and use with Google Chrome:

To install High Contrast open your Google Chrome browser then visit the download website here, then click the Add to Chrome button, then click the Add Extension button.

Once installed, click the speaker icon, Select and Speak Speaker icon, next to the search bar, in the top right of the browser window and select the preferred colour scheme. To set, click the Set as default scheme button. The colour scheme can be disabled by pressing Shift+F11 or via the extension.

 

Text Alternatives

For website Text-to-Speech we recommend installing the Chrome extension Select and Speak and use with Google Chrome:

To install Select and Speak open your Google Chrome browser then visit the download website here, then click the Add to Chrome button, then click the Add Extension button.

Once installed, highlight the text you would like to hear, then click the speaker icon, Select and Speak Speaker icon, next to the search bar, in the top right of the browser window.

Please ensure you have a speaker connected and the sound is on and turned up. Alternatively you could use earphones or headphones.

 

Keyboard Support

This website can be navigated by using a keyboard. The [Tab] key moves from the current position at one element at a time. Within the drop-down menu the following keys apply:

  • [Tab] to move sequentially through the drop-down menu
  • [Enter] to open or close a drop-down menu
  • [Up Arrow] or [Down Arrow] to move to the previous or next option in view
  • [Esc] to close the drop-down menu
  • [Home] to select first drop-down link
  • [End] to select last drop-down link

This facility currently works with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Opera. Mac users can use Chrome as an alternative. We hope to include more browsers in due course and apologise for any inconvenience.

 

Taking things further

If you have any questions or comments, or feel the website accessibility could be improved, please write to the Practice Manager at the address in the heading. Details will be passed on to the website developers for their attention.

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