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Alastair F. Brown

(Al Brown)

"Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design." Tim Berners-Lee


I endeavour to make all web pages on this site accessible using normal browsers, text-only browsers, and talking browsers. If you have problems accessing the information on a particular page, or have suggestions as to how accessibility could be improved, please contact me using the Al Brown Contact Form (at the bottom of every page), describing the page and accessibility problem.

Pseudo Text Only Mode

Visually impaired users, those using keyboard control rather than a mouse, or those using a talking browser such as pwWebSpeak or BrowseAloud may find switching style sheets Off to be advantageous. This will linearise the page. All images have "ALT Text" which audio browsers can use in place of images.

Mobile Browsers and Small Screen Devices

This web site may display better on some mobile browsers (e.g. smartphones and other handheld devices) if the mobile browser is set to use column view (if available), or an alternative stylesheet is selected using the links in the menu or those below. Turning style sheets off will linearise the page.

Style: Off | Auto | Desktop | Mobile

Text and Image Size

Most browsers will allow you to change the size of text (and possibly images). In Mozilla/Firefox and Internet Explorer use CTRL+ and CTRL- to increase/decrease size. CTRL0 will return to default size.


This site uses a very small amount of JavaScript to enhance usability, but the site will work perfectly well if JavaScript is disabled in your browser.

If you are using Internet Explorer prior to version 9, you will need to have Javascript enabled to allow the site to be rendered properly using The HTML5 Shiv, otherwise the information on the site will be accessible but the page formatting will be imperfect.

Access Keys

In line with current wisdom on keyboard accessibility, most letter-based access keys have been removed from this site so as not to interfere with browser- or user-defined keyboard shortcuts. Numerical access keys (along with letter 'S' for Skip Navigation) are employed as per the UK government access keys standard shown below.

The following accesskeys will be supported on all pages, and can be used to navigate rapidly without using a mouse. Use of access keys is browser dependent - normally use the ALT, Shift-ALT, CTRL, or META key with the appropriate access key. Then use the TAB key to proceed or Shift-TAB to reverse. Please note: to avoid instantly activating links, some access keys may require the user to press TAB to focus on a link or other element, giving the user the option not to follow the link immediately.

  • S - Skip navigation
  • 1 - Home page
  • 3 - Site map
  • 4 - Search
  • 8 - Policies
  • 9 - Contact Us
  • 0 - Access key details
  • Tab - Move focus to next link on page
  • Shift-Tab - Move focus to previous link on page

UK Government Access Keys:

  • S - Skip navigation
  • 1 - Home page
  • 2 - What's new
  • 3 - Site map
  • 4 - Search
  • 5 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • 6 - Help
  • 7 - Complaints procedure
  • 8 - Terms and conditions
  • 9 - Feedback form
  • 0 - Access key details

Accessibility Problems?

Please contact me using the Al Brown Contact Form if you have any problems accessing the information on this site.