SEED Consortium is committed to ensuring its website is accessible to all.

Our website has been designed with a number of accessibility features. The key features include:

  • Resizable Text (available from all pages)
  • Alternative text for images
  • Minimising the use of images
  • Making content more accessible
  • Standards Compliance

Resizable Text
We aim to provide the most accessible site in its default format, however we understand that we may not get it right for everyone therefore we will continually offer the option to increase the font size and change the site contrast.

Alternative text for images
Images on our website have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text. This means that when an image is used on a web page to convey information its content is also described in the alt text. This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers. Where possible we will not use images for simply decorative purposes however if an image is used for this purpose, the text attribute for the image is left empty in line with accepted best practice.

Minimising the use of images
Live text is used rather than graphics wherever possible to reduce page download time and to increase your control over text size.

Making content more accessible
In order to ensure a consistent user experience for visitors to the site we use what are known as cascading style sheets (CSS for short). CSS enable us to enforce a corporate look-and-feel to our website which ensures that a consistent font typeface, use of colour and optimum text sizes are presented to you. Using cascading style sheets enables us to meet current legislative and industry standards on website accessibility However, our website is developing all the time. Please let us know if you have any comments, good or bad, about our website or suggestions about how we can improve it by contacting the webteam This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Standards Compliance

  • All pages on this site are WCAG AA approved, complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We are working towards achieving AAA compliance.
  • All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
  • All pages on this site validate as CSS version 2.
  • All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for page titles, H2 tags for section titles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+2.

We have tested this website thoroughly and are always keen to improve our accessibility tools. We would like to know if you have found this website accessible or if you have had any problems. Please email the SEED Project with any queries or comments.

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