The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to making our
website as accessible as possible.
We aim to make the site AA compliant – this is a high standard
for web accessibility, set by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C)
and described in their Web Accessibility
Below are some of the main ways in which we help to make our
website more accessible to people.
This web based tool designed by TextHelp helps people
with Dyslexia, low literacy, English as a Second Language and with
mild visual impairments to access the information on our
Available on every page, the Browsealoud software reads web
content out loud, and also offers to translate into a wide range of
Meaningful ALT attribute on
Most images on this site contain additional 'alternative' text
that is stored with the image. This allows users who otherwise
wouldn't be able to see the image access to the stored information.
This helps users of assistive technology (e.g. screen reading
software), as well as visitors who disable images due to a slow
Any image that is considered purely decorative will have a blank
alternate text (e.g. alt=""). This reduces the amount of
unnecessary content on the page.
HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags
are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles down to H6.
The College has used plain English where
possible. However, the site does include medical and other
professional terms where appropriate. Our mental health advice has
been awarded the Information Standard, a quality mark for clear,
patient focused information.
Use of colour
Care has also been taken to ensure colours are generally of
strong contrast for on-screen reading. No information on the site
is solely dependent on colour to be intelligible.