This website conforms to Level AA of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This means that all Priority 2 checkpoints are satisfied.
Skip to content
There is a "skip to content" feature on this site. This allows people using screen readers and those who 'tab' around the screen using a keyboard, to quickly jump to the main content of the page. It literally "skips" over the global navigation menu which appears on the left of every page, thus the user does not have to keep tabbing through the navigation each time.
This site is a speech enabled website. Browsealoud is a website accessibility tool which helps people with reading difficulties. Your computer needs audio capabilities to use this facility. Browsealoud has been rigorously tested and has received Microsoft Gold Certification. Download Browsealoud by selecting the logo below.
The font used in this website is the sans-serif font, Ariel, which the WAI recommend for reading on computer screens.
Font size can be adjusted using your browser menu bar, or your mouse-wheel. There are 5 pre-set font sizes to choose from.
To change font size using your mouse wheel:
- Click and hold a CTRL key with one hand.
- Move you mouse wheel up (to increase) or down (to decrease) text size.
- Let go of the CTRL key.
To change Font size using your browser:
Internet Explorer 5+ (PC)
Select Text Size from the View menu and change the text size as required to 'larger' or 'largest'.
Netscape 7 (PC)
Select Text Zoom from the View menu and change the text size as required to 'smaller', 'larger' or a percentage value. Alternatively hold down the CTRL key and the - key to make text smaller or CTRL and + key to make the text bigger.
Netscape 6 (PC)
Select Text Size from the View menu and change the text size as required to 'smaller', 'larger' or a percentage value. Alternatively hold down the CTRL key and the - key to make text smaller or CTRL and + key to make the text bigger.
Mozilla / Firefox (PC)
Select Increase Text Size or Decrease Text Size from the View menu. Alternatively hold down the CTRL key and + key or hold down the CTRL key and - key.
The background colour is a high contrast to the text and can be changed by the user using their browser settings.
Transcripts of Audio and Video content
We are currently in the process of producing transcripts for our audio and video content for people with hearing impairments. However if you need urgent access to specific audio/video content, please contact us.
Alternative ways to read PDF files
This website uses a PDF format to display various documents. If you are not able to use Adobe Acrobat Reader you can use the online tool which converts PDF files to a format which can be used with screen-reading programs.
To use Adobe's online tool:
- Find the URL of the PDF you want to convert, and copy the URL into your clipboard (right click on the hyperlink to the PDF, select "properties" and then copy the URL).
- Go to Adobe's online tool
- paste the URL into the form field.
- Follow the instructions onscreen (output in "text" format for best results)
My Web, My Way (A BBC site on making the web easier to use)