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A web standards compliant visual browser, such as Mozilla Firefox, will display the pages as they are intended. However, all the content of the site is accessible using any modern browser or Internet device.
The content of each page is contained in structural XHTML and uses consistent semantic markup. For example, emphasis is added using the meaningful 'em' and 'strong' tags, rather than the deprecated 'i' (italics) and 'b' (bold) tags, which are merely visual.
Logically ordered documents make sense when read (by text-only browsers for instance) in a linear fashion. Markup structured in this way has the advantage of providing some web devices with a quick summary of the content of a page, by listing titles, headings and links, for example. Structural tags provide alternative browsers (especially screen readers) with the opportunity to add meaning to the content of a page. Using structural markup also improves automated searching, both within the site and by search engines.
Wherever possible, link text is written to make sense when taken out of context. This means that use of text such as 'click here' or 'more' for the hypertext links have been kept to a minimum. Browsing devices that can extract a list of links from a page will therefore render meaningful content.
All images used on the site have alt attributes to provide alternative text that will appear in browsers that do not support images. All images have been optimised for the smallest file size, to ensure that users accessing the site via modem are not inconvenienced by long download times.
Interactive forms on the site (such as those used by the search facility) make use of several features to improve accessibility. These include:
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