Accessibility

Our website is intended to be accessible to as many people as possible.

Making text larger

You can enlarge the text size by changing your browser's settings. The BBC's My Web My Way pages give instructions for most browsers. Here are links to instructions for enlarging text in some of the most popular ones:

Other changes you can make

You can also change the styles and colours of web pages by changing your browser's settings. The BBC's My Web My Way pages show you how to do this, and make the most of your computer and browser's accessibility features.

Web Standards

This website has been designed in line with WCAG 1.0 guidelines, aiming to meet all level AA checkpoints, at a minimum.

A central aspect of the accessibility guidelines is compliance with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) web standards. This site is written in valid XHTML and CSS.

This standards-compliance makes it easier for assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to interpret the content of the site.

The site is built using "strict" rather than "transitional" XHTML as this is more future proof, and leaves out many of the inaccessible elements of the transitional form.

Other accessibility features

In line with and in addition to WCAG 1.0 guidelines, this website is constructed with the following features:

  • Page layout does not use tables except where tabular data is presented. Any such tables are structured logically with headings.
  • Any scripting is done using unobtrusive methods. If your browser does not support CSS or Javascript you will still be able to read the content and use all the links as normal.
  • Background images are rendered by the stylesheet, and are not part of the page content.
  • Those images which are part of the content are given alternative descriptions.
  • Pages have individual descriptive titles and full meta descriptions.
  • The XHTML markup is semantic rather than presentational (e.g. quotations are tagged as such, rather than just made italic).
  • Links contain descriptive text, so that they still make sense when taken out-of-context by screen-reader software (in some cases we have added titles to explain the target of a link further).
  • Abbreviations and acronyms are tagged as such, with inline definitions and pronunciation hints for screen-reader software.
  • "Skip to content" links are provided to assist movement around the page when using screen-reader software.
  • We have decided not to use use access-key or tab-index features in this site as we feel that these can create more problems than they solve. We have tried to reduce the need for them by ordering the site and page contents logically and semantically.