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This website was designed and developed to meet the level 3 standards of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (currently in development), to allow as many people as possible to access the information on its pages. If you have vision or mobility issues, this may be of interest to you.

This brief guide provides you with information to help you use this web site's features.

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Keyboard Access

Most browsers offer ways to navigate through a web page using your keyboard. Below is a list of keyboard shortcuts to help you use this web site easier with a keyboard.

Using the Tab Key for Navigation

You can move from link to link by pressing the Tab key. Each press of the Tab key will advance you to the next link on the page. To activate the selected link, press the Enter key. To reselect a link you have already passed, hold down Shift and press Tab to travel backward through the links, one at a time.

Note: Safari 3 for Windows does not currently support the use of the Tab key to move from link to link. You can however, tab to form elements.

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Access Keys

Access keys allow you to travel to the main sections of a web site by using your keyboard. These shortcuts can be accessed by using a key combination anywhere on the page - there is no need to return to the top or bottom of each page.

Instead of having to use a mouse or other pointing device to click on a menu item, you can simply press and hold down the Alt key (or Option on Mac) and then press the number of the menu item to access the link.

Since operating systems (OS) and browsers vary with regard to what keys are needed to activate access keys, below is a list of popular OS and browser combinations.

How to Activate Access Keys Based on OS and Browser *
OSBrowserAccess Key Combination
Windows Firefox 1 & 1.5 Alt + [access key]

Firefox 2 † Shift + Alt + [access key]

Firefox 3 Shift + Alt + [access key] + Enter to activate the link

Safari 3 Accesskeys not supported

Google Chrome Accesskeys do not seem to be supported

Internet Explorer 4 & above Alt + [access key] (to focus the link) + Enter to activate the link

Mozilla Alt + [access key]

Netscape 6 & above Alt + [access key]

Opera 7 & above Shift + Esc & release, followed by [access key]
Mac OS X Internet Explorer 5.2 Control + [access key]

Firefox 1 & 1.5 Control + [access key]

Mozilla Control + [access key]

Netscape 6 & above Control + [access key]

Opera 7 & above Shift + Esc & release, followed by [access key]

Safari/OmniWeb Control + [access key]
Linux (Ubuntu) Firefox 1 & 1.5 Alt + [access key]

Firefox 2 Shift + Alt + [access key]

Firefox 3 Shift + Alt + [access key] + Enter to activate the link

Konqueror Control + [access key]

Galeon/Mozilla Alt + [access key]

Epiphany Alt + [access key]

Opera Shift + Esc & release, followed by [access key]

* Please note some of these browsers have not been personally tested, and some browsers may not support access keys. However, sites that use access keys are still accessible in all browsers by using the Tab key regardless of whether access keys are supported (with the exception of Safari 3 for Windows which does not support the tab key or access keys).

† Some early versions of Firefox 2 did not allow the use of numbered access keys as used on this and many other web sites. However, the most recent versions of Firefox 2 should work just fine using the key combination listed above. If you use an older version of Firefox, we encourage you to download the newest version of Firefox (3) from Mozilla’s official web site.

Accessible Design

The way information is presented on this web site is to make it usable (and easier to use) for those who have special accessibility needs.

  • Alternate text is used to describe the content or function of each image (where applicable) on this site.
  • Links are written so that they are understandable out of context.
  • This site can be navigated without the use of a mouse.
  • No special plug-ins, or technology (this includes cookies and Javascript) are needed to make use of this site, however particular means of viewing some content may not be available. An example if this is the news scroller on our homepage. Where this occurs an alternate means of accessing the content is provided.

Alternate Text

Each image contains alternate text to provide a useful description of the image for those who use a verbal screen reader or have images turned off.

This allows you to use the site without the need of graphics (though images make it much prettier to look at).


In order to increase the usefulness of this site, an effort is made to make the text used for each text link understandable, even when out of context. This is useful to people who use text browsers. Instead of saying ‘click here’ or ‘more’, we would use the text ‘Download 2008 Brochure PDF (200kb)’.

Help with PDF files

Portable Document Format (PDF): Documents on this site are available only in this format, which requires you to download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.  Click on the icon below to download the Adobe Reader from the Adobe website.

Download Adobe Reader

If you cannot access the information in any PDF document, please contact us.

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Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about the accessibility of this web site, and we will do our best to help you.


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