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The Select Committe on Energy Independence and Global Warming believes that accessibility should, in no way, be an optional ‘extra’ and should instead be considered as fundamental at every phase of this sites development. Therefore, the Select Committee is committed to ensuring that this Web site is as accessible as possible to all audiences (including those with visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairments) and strives to meet the fundamental requirements under the United Kingdom's Disability Discrimination Act, in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (1.0).
As a user of this site, if you have any questions or further suggestions about the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we continue to strive to improve the experience for all visitors.
Alternate layouts and large-text versions
Two separate layouts are offered to users. Together with the default way of viewing the site, there is also a text only layout. The latter of which removes imagery which doesn't assist the content, and also offers an even larger font for assisting readability.
These layouts can be reached instantly to the left of the header.
You can access the site map from any page by selecting 'site map' above the Main Menu.
Skip to main content link
Directly following the site header is a Skip to main content link [access key = s]. Users of screen readers can bypass the navigation and skip straight to the main content of each page by selecting this link or by using access key 's'.
Structured semantic markup
All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for the page title, H2 tags for main headings within the document and H3 tags for subheadings. Visitors using recent versions of screen readers can navigate through these headings and, hence, each logical section of a page, using the following keystrokes
- H to cycle forwards through the headings
- Shift + H to cycle backwards through the headings
- 1 to navigate to the next level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the next heading on this level)
- Shift + 1 to navigate to the previous level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the previous heading on this level)
- INSERT + F6 to provide a list of all headings
Style sheets are used only for presentation
This easily enables a user to have his/her own preferred style sheet. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all (eg certain PDA and mobile phones), the content of each page is still readable.
Content images used in this site include a descriptive ALT attribute. Any images which have empty alt tags are insignificant to the use of the site and/or are purely decorative, such as spacer images or design features. Screen readers will ignore these images to avoid relaying irrelevant information.
Additionally, and where necessary, links have a title attribute which describes the target in greater detail.
Link phrases make sense when read out of context
To aid users who prefer to scan pages for relevant content quickly, this site uses mostly links which also make sense if read in context on their own, as well as part of a longer sentence. Therefore, instances of ‘click here’ links are kept to a minimum.
As much as possible, all pages comply with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to Levels 1 and 2. We have tried to comply with as many of the Level 3 guidelines as possible; your feedback is welcome on further measures which can be taken to improve the accessibility of the site.
If you have any questions or further suggestions about the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we continue to strive to improve the experience for all visitors.
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