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These guidelines explain how we make web-based information, services and learning resources accessible to all users.

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Website accessibility

It is our policy to make reasonable adjustments in order to make all web-based information, services and learning resources on our websites accessible to all users. 

For HTML web pages, we follow W3C guidelines. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices. The W3C defines three accessibility levels in its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), in increasing levels of accessibility, these are: A, AA, and AAA. We aim to make all public web pages meet level AA and will aspire to meet level AAA where possible.

The accessibility guidelines explain how to make web content accessible. Conformance to these guidelines helps to make the web more accessible to users. Please be aware that due to the large number of pages contained in this website, there may be some isolated instances where pages do not conform to all the guidelines.

We will identify automatic testing tools to support testing for accessibility. We will use such tools to make automatic checks on our web pages to identify features that will prevent AA compliance. We will make a manual inspection of each new or edited web resource to ensure it meets our stated targets. This inspection will take place before we publish the resource. We will actively seek opportunities to engage users in the testing of Emerald's web resources.

Using our website

Here are some tips to help you get the most from our website. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us.

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Keyboard navigation

The TAB key can be used to navigate through links within the site menu and the main text of each page. Once a link has been highlighted, use the ENTER key to activate the link.

Logical tab order and page layout

We've built pages so that it's easier to tab through the links – the content area is reached immediately after the header, making it easier to move around within a site.

Access keys

If supported by your browser

Home: ALT + 1
Search: ALT + 2 



Alternative displays

In order to maximise accessibility, we have provided alternative display options:

Default view – this is the colour/text combination that you are probably viewing at the moment. 
Text view – a simplified high contrast text view.

Changing the font size

Most browsers will allow you to change the font size.  Please see the "help" section in your browser for more details on customisation options that best suit you.. 

Skip to main content link

We've positioned skip to main content link in the text view at the top of the page so that you can quickly navigate to the most important sections of the page. 

Alternative content

For visitors using a screen reader or speech browser software, we've provided sensible alternative text for images where this alternative text will aid your understanding of the web page.


Our pages use structured headers to aid legibility. The first header on the page is the main content header followed by any appropriate sub-headers.
This aids users of certain screen readers and speech browsers.


We are no longer using tables, except for the display of tabular data. For users of screenreaders and speech browsers, we associate headers with their respective rows and columns to aid legibility.


Forms have their labels explicitly associated with their controls, aiding users of certain screen readers and speech browsers.

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