We work hard across all our businesses to meet the specific needs of different customers. When designing this website we have tried to make it accessible to all visitors, and in particular to provide ease of use for those who are visually impaired.

SPF  recognise the importance of providing a website that is inclusive and available for all user groups. This page explains:
our approach to making this website accessible; 
the facilities that we have provided for different disability groups; guidance on how to use particular features;
 what to do if you have any questions or feedback for us


The SPF website is being developed to support Internet users who have disabilities. We believe the web pages on the site are in line with RNIB’s “See It Right” accessibility criteria, which includes all of the priority level 1 criteria of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Any new information added to the site will be compliant with RNIB’s “See It Right” accessibility criteria.


Our navigation mechanisms are accessible by screen readers and voice browsers. In addition, skip links allow the user to by-pass the navigation to the main content and also go directly to the site map.

Alternative mechanisms have been provided where JavaScript is used within the site.


In order to change the font size select “Tools” and then “Internet options” from the toolbar of your browser, click then on “Accessibility” and tick the box for “Ignore font sizes”. If you are using Internet Explorer, select “View” from the menu bar, then “Text Size” and select from “Smallest” to “Largest”. In Firefox, select “View” from the menu bar, then “Text Size” and select from “Increase” or “Decrease”.


We have checked the site font and background colour combinations for the different colour-blindness conditions and ensured that items are not referenced by colour alone.


The web pages on the site have been tested for use in keyboard-only operation. When using the forms or controls for the tools, the keys to use are as follows:
To select/unselect a check box, use the space bar
To move forward between links, use the tab key
To move back between links, use the Shift + tab keys
To initiate an action button, use the Enter key when the action button is selected.


Users may import their own style sheet into the website. In Internet Explorer, select Tools, then Internet Options and then Accessibility. Next click on any or all of the three checkboxes to ignore colours, font styles or font sizes. In the same window, you can change the style sheet by clicking the checkbox that says “Format document using my style sheet”, then simply browse to your preferred style sheet and click ok. In Netscape, select Edit, then Preferences and then Appearance. You will then be given a choice of colours and fonts.


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