Accessibility Policy

This is the official accessibility policy for Off the Record.

We are committed to making our website and application accessible to all our users and have an ongoing programme of making useful updates and improvements. We are always happy to receive feedback.   If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email us at

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press CTRL + an access key.

The access keys used on this site are designed to be as standardised as possible.

  • Access key s – Skip Navigation
  • Access key 1 – Home page
  • Access key 3 – Site map
  • Access key 4 – Search
  • Access key 8 – Terms & Conditions
  • Access key 0 – Accessibility statement

Standards compliance

Off the Records website has been developed to best practice coding conventions corresponding with guidelines stipulated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) link  and successfully XHTML 1.0 strict valid.


  1. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers. For those using Internet Explorer, go to View > Text Size > and select your desired size. For Firefox users, simply hold the CTRL button and press + or – to increase or decrease the size.
  2. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
  3. Links are written to make sense out of context.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout, and semantic XHTML for structure.
  2. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  3. All images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  4. Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.

General web accessibility guidance

Find out about the new British Standard on web accessibility: BS 8878:2010 and its predecessor: PAS 78