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This website has been constructed with reference to the European Commission's Information Providers' Guide and adopts where possible generally recognised standards.

The website also includes certain features to facilitate use:

Keyboard navigation

Once a page has finished loading, the user can press Tab to select from a list of navigation shortcuts.

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows®, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh®, you can press Control + an access key.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - Skip to page content
  • Access key 2 - Legal notice
  • Access key 3 - Contact
  • Access key 5 - Sitemap
Web Standards
  • This site has been constructed wherever possible using general web standards principles
  • Pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 tags for subtitles. For example, on this page users of certain screenreader software can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+5.
  • Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
  • Links are written where possible to make sense out of context.
  • Links have been provided throughout the website whose purpose is to return users to the top of the page.
  • All content images used in this site include descriptive alt attributes.
Visual design
  • This site uses CSS for visual layout.
  • This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  • Even without CSS, the content of each page is still readable
Client-side scripting

This website makes extensive use of client-side Javascript to deliver an enhanced user experience. However it is also recognised that some users for a variety of reasons may not have support for such scripts. Wherever reasonably possible, access to content is not dependent on support for Javascript.