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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility

The Ministry of Defence is committed to making its websites accessible to all sections of the public, in line with the Equality Act 2010 (c. 15).

The site aspires to the following web standards:

• W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 Conformance Level Double A
• Valid W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional
• Valid W3C CSS 2.0

We aim to meet 'Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, level double A' conformance wherever possible, and the site has been hand-validated. WCAG 1.0 is now an old standard and there are instances where the use of HTML5 mark-up may conflict with the standard but provide a more accessible result.

In addition, we do not have access to some of the source code for the proprietary applications used on this site, elements of which are not accessible. But we have provided accessible alternatives wherever possible. For instance, the image preview/zoom tool is provided by a non-accessible embedded Flash object and we have provided alternative, accessible image preview links in the left-hand menu.

We are working to ensure that all existing content produced by authorised publishers, and new, updated, and existing content provided for our site by third-party developers, conforms to WCAG 1.0 Conformance Level Double A, in line with Cabinet Office recommendations for government websites.

All users should be able to:

• Find out how to contact us via telephone, email or letter
• Navigate the site easily to find the information they require
• Use the Search and Advanced Search features to find relevant information
• Access the Freedom of Information home page, Publication scheme and Disclosure log
• Access 'Help' pages
• Access 'Accessibility' information
• Access 'Privacy' information
• Access images, video and sound content through text equivalents

We operate within a devolved publishing environment and thus cannot check if all site content is fully accessible. We can only be certain that the core site design meets access needs where we have had feedback from a wide range of users.

We would therefore be interested to hear from site users who have special access needs, and their experience of using this site. Please Contact us via email, phone or by post.

Access keys

Access keys provide keyboard shortcuts to help users navigate this site using the keyboard.

This website uses a subset of the UK Government Access Key system:

0 = Accessibility Information
1 = Home page
2 = News
4 = Search
6 = Help
8 = Terms and conditions
9 = Contact us

Access keys for different internet browsers

How you use a website's access keys varies depending on which internet browser you are using.

Google Chrome 3+

On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Firefox 2+

On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT and SHIFT keys and the number of the access key.

On Macs: hold down the CTR key and press the number of the access key.

Opera

On Windows and Macs: hold down the SHIFT and ESC keys and then press the number of the access key.

Internet Explorer 6 and 7

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and the number of the access key, then press ENTER.

Internet Explorer 8+

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

Safari 3

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Safari 4+

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

On Macs: hold down the CTR key and press the number of the access key.

Software to open documents

This website provides links to documents in portable document format (PDF). You may need special software to read these files. The link "Tips on using PDFs" on the right will enable you to download free software to allow you to open these files.

Text to Speech

This website is speech enabled and has been tested with screen readers.

Users of Apple's Safari browser should use the built in Text to Speech function.

Adapting your screen

Resizing text

You can enlarge the text on this site:

Using Internet Explorer:

• Click on the 'View' drop down menu
• Click on 'Text size'
• Choose your preferred text size from the list

If the text is still not big enough:

• Click on the 'Tools drop down menu
• Click on 'Internet options'
• In the 'General' tab click on 'Accessibility'
• Select 'Ignore font sizes on web pages'
• Click 'OK', then 'OK'
• You should now be able to enlarge the text further using the method above

Using Netscape 6 or Firefox:

• Click on the 'View' drop down menu
• Click on 'Text size'
• Choose your preferred text size from the list

Adapting your computer

This site gives detailed information on how to adapt your computer to your own preferences: My computer, my way. There's good information on this BBC site too.
We have worked hard to make this site accessible to a wide audience, and to ensure a better experience for all users and all technologies.

Browsers

This site supports the following browsers: Internet Explorer Version 6+ (version 8 or better recommended), recent versions of Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome.

Mobile devices

The site has not been heavily optimised for multi-device use, but has been tested using Apple iDevices, and should also work well on Android.

Screen resolution

The minimum screen resolution needed for this website is 800 pixels (width), but 1024 (width) will give a better user experience.

JavaScript

JavaScript is required to use this website; it is used to enhance functionality and to provide a better user experience.

How to enable JavaScript

Enabling JavaScript is required for many search features to work. See below to get specific instructions on enabling JavaScript in your browser. If your browser isn't listed, please consult its help resources.

Google Chrome

Learn how to enable JavaScript in the Google Chrome Help Centre.

Internet Explorer 6.0+

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Internet Options.
3. Click the Security tab.
4. Click the Custom Level button.
5. Scroll down until you see the 'Scripting' section. Select the 'Enable' radio button for 'Active Scripting.'
6. Click the OK button.
7. If you see a confirmation window, click the Yes button.

Firefox 3.6+

1. Click the Tools menu.
2. Select Options.
3. Click the Content tab.
4. Select the 'Enable JavaScript' checkbox.
5. Click the OK button.

Safari 2 or 3

1. Click the Safari menu.
2. Select Preferences.
3. Click the Security tab.
4. Select the 'Enable JavaScript' checkbox.

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