Quick guide to accessibility on our siteIf you need help in making the web easier to use, you can visit My web My way. This is a joint BBC and AbilityNet website that explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.
Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. All pages on this site define access key 1 - to skip the menu and go straight to the page content.
To go to the page content:
- If you are using Windows: hold down the Alt key and press the ‘1’ key. Release the keys. Press Enter.
- If you are using a Macintosh: hold down the Ctrl key, then press the ‘1’ to go to the page content automatically.
To change the size of the text, use the function on your browser:
- Internet Explorer: on your browser menu, select View > Text Size > Larger / Largest
- Firefox: on your browser menu, select View > Text Size > Increase or Decrease
- Safari (Macintosh users): hold down the Apple key and press + or -
Our website supports Browsealoud. Browsealoud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online.
To use Browsealoud you need to:
- download a free copy of Browsealoud here
- highlight the text you want to hear read out
- listen to the section you have chosen.
To find out more about Browsealoud you can watch a video here.
The wording for text links is carefully chosen so that it is clear, concise, meaningful if read in isolation, and alerts the user to where they will be directed to when they click on the link.
A text alternative is provided for all images. The wording of this text has been kept as short and to the point as possible.
Colours have been chosen to provide good contrast between text and the background.
Where forms are included in the website, we give you an alternative means of contacting us. Clear instructions are provided at the beginning of the forms and input boxes are clearly labeled. The tab order between different elements of the form is logical.
Where PDFs are used on the website, where possible we will give you an alternative means of accessing the information.
- To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader installed. You can download this for free by visiting the Adobe website.
If you have any problems with the accessibility of this site, please let us know so we can put it right.
Page last edited: 29 September 2009