Accessibility

Distinction has made every effort to ensure this site is accessible to all. We have aimed to make this site adhere to the following guidelines:

  • HTML 5 valid
  • CSS 3.0 with CSS 2.0 fall backs
  • Minimum of WAI AA throughout, aiming towards WAI AAA
  • Easy browsing

As a way of assisting you around the site, this site has been set up so that you can navigate using just the keyboard.

Pressing the ' Tab ' key while on a web page will select the next link on the page. You can press ' Tab ' repeatedly to get to the chosen link. The selected link is indicated by the dotted border around the link.

Once your chosen link is selected, you can trigger it by pressing the ' Enter ' key on your keyboard. You can move backwards through links by pressing ' Shift ' + ' Tab ' together.

Filling in forms with the keyboard

In forms there are specific keys for selecting radio buttons and checkboxes.

Radio buttons

When you ' Tab ' into a form section with a choice of radio buttons you can change your choice using the ' up ' and ' down ' arrows or ' right ' and ' left ' arrows to move to the next section after making your selection hit the ' Tab ' key.

Note: if you hit the ' Enter ' key by mistake the form is often ' submitted ' before you want to because the ' Enter ' key is set to trigger the form ' submit ' button.

Checkboxes

You navigate between checkboxes using the ' Tab ' key, to selected a checkbox' you press the ' Spacebar ' and then press 'Tab ' to move onto the next 'checkbox'. To cancel or deselect a 'checkbox' press the ' Spacebar' again and the 'tick' or 'cross' will be removed.

Fortunately there is a work around to this problem; after tabbing into a combo box press ' Alt ' + ' down arrow ' together which brings up the list of links then use the ' up ' and ' down ' arrow to make your choice then press ' Enter ' to trigger the selection.

Browsers

This website has been tested on most of today's leading browsers, including:

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer 8 onwards, reluctantly
  • Opera

Plugins

We also use PDF's in places as a standard downloadable document. If you require the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can get a copy from the Adobe Website.