We want this site to be accessible to a wide audience, regardless of the technology they are using or their ability. It has been built to comply with UK regulations concerning website accessibility, using standards compliant HTML/CSS code. We hope this ensures a positive experience for all, but if you need further support, we have provided below some suggestions that may help you use the site more effectively.
The modern browsers we support (Firefox 3.6 and later, Internet Explorer 7 and later, Chrome (latest version) and Safari 4.x and later) feature in-built accessibility tools, including zoom and text-resizing.
You can change the text size or adjust the page zoom in your browser by following these instructions:
Access keys are keyboard shortcuts which allow users to navigate around a website without using a mouse or other pointing device. They can override keyboard shortcuts for screen readers and other assistive technology. However, there no standard set of access keys that functions cross-browser, so we have decided not to use them on this site. Instead, you can move between links using the ‘Tab’ key on the keyboard. To tab through the links in the opposite direction, key ‘Shift+Tab’. Once a link is highlighted, key ‘Enter’ to follow the link.
We have created a logical reading order on the site to help your comprehension of the content when using a reader. We have also used headings and semantic link text to allow you to navigate the site with ease.
The site uses style sheets so if your browser does not support CSS or you wish to use your own style sheets, you can do. If you are not sure how to do this, please consult your browser software provider.
Do you need help in making the web easier to use? There are many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.
Further information on getting the most out of the internet is available on the The BBC site My web My way which has up-to-date information on how to optimise your web experience on a wide variety of platforms. Start by clicking on the relevant operating system of your computer.
We are continuously seeking to improve the accessibility of the website. If you have any difficulties using this site that you believe we could address, please contact us.