Accessibility

This section will explain how we have tried to make this website accessible to all users, and how we plan to increase accessibility in the future.

The site is designed to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Level A guidelines for accessibility, and we are committed to continuously working on improving the availability of the site.

This involves using clear labeling so users know where a link or button is taking them, and the type and size of documents they are downloading. We have also used a clear design that takes into account people with visual impairments.

Learn more about the W3C web accessibility initiative by visiting http://www.w3.org/WAI/.

PDF files

Many of our reports are currently only available as PDFs (Portable Document Format).  To view any PDF, you need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is freely available if you do not already have a copy on your computer.

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

If you click the PDF link with the right mouse button you will be given various options, one of which is to "Save Target As...."  If you select this option, you can save the PDF file to your computer hard drive, and view the file whenever you wish.

Other accessibility issues

Text size:  You can increase the size of the text on our webpages by selecting "view" in your browser menu, then selecting "text size/larger" or "increase font."  You can also change text size by scrolling across the screen with the wheel of your mouse while holding down the control key.  Using the Ctrl and + keys and Ctrl and - keys will increase text or zoom in and out on most browsers.

Color:  We do not use color to convey information

Images:  All non-decorative images will have "alt" text descriptions - this is what screen readers will read

Navigating without a mouse

Use the "arrow" keys to scroll up and down a page. Use the "tab" key to move between links, then click "return" or "enter" to select a link.

Use the "backspace" key to go back to the previous page.

Browser compatibility

The site is best viewed using any of the following browsers and platforms with your monitor resolution set at 800 x 600 or above.

Compatible Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 and above
  • Firefox 2.0 and above
  • Safari 2.0 and above on Mac
  • Safari 3.0 and above on PC
  • Opera 9 and above

Compatible Platforms

  • Windows 2000, XP or Vista
  • Mac OSX 10.3 and above
  • Linux

IMac with Internet Explorer - If you are using an Apple Mac with Internet Explorer, this is no longer supported by Microsoft. We advise that you download the Safari browser for use on the Mac, and you should have no further problems. Mac users running OS 9 should use iCab. If you are running OS X, you will already have Safari installed and do not need to download it.

To report problems or suggestions, please contact us via email at .