In developing our website we have made every effort to ensure our content is accessible to the widest possible audience and that the information we provide is clear and easy to understand.
We are always looking for ways to help people get the best experience from this website. We have set out below information that we hope you will find useful in helping you to interact with our website in a way that is accessible to you.
Where possible use an up-to-date browser
By using an up-to-date browser (the program you use to access the internet) you will have access to a much richer set of options to aid you as your navigate your way around this site.
The standard browsers we would recommend are below with links to install each of them:
|Firefox||Safari (MAC only)||Internet explorer|
Once installed, each will bring its own selection of accessibilty options and may allow further options via the use of plug-ins. For more details see the Accessibility page for each one:
We endeavour to ensure the site looks correct is these different styles but because of the constantly changing nature of the site and its content, this may not always be possible. If you do spot anything which doesn't look quite right then please let us know
Keyboard Short Cuts / AccessKeys
Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate accesskey shortcuts, as shown below:
- Alt + [the accesskey]
- Internet Explorer for Windows
- Chrome for Windows (not that Shift is required in some circumstances
- Safari for Windows
- Shift + Alt + [the accesskey]
- Firefox for Windows
- Ctrl + Option + [the accesskey]
- Safari for Mac
- Chrome for Mac
- Firefox for Mac
AccessKey = 1, takes you back to the home page
AccessKey = 2, skips over the navigation menu on the site
AccessKey = 3, takes you this accessibility page
AccessKey = 0, takes you to the Contact Us page
Options in your browser
Most modern browsers all share the most common accessibility tools, here is a list of useful features:
Incremental search allows you to progressively search a web page for a particular word or phrase on a page. To enable this on your browser, press and hold ALT and then tap F . This will open a box to type your search into. As you type, the matches will be highlighted on the page for you.
Hitting tab will jump you to each of the items you can interact with on any page. Holding the SHIFT key and then pressing tab will take you to the previous item.
Caret Navigation (Internet explorer and firefox only)
Instead of using a mouse to select text and move around within a webpage, you can use standard navigation keys on your keyboard : Home, End, Page Up, Page Down & the arrow keys. This feature is named after the caret, or cursor, that appears when you edit a document.
To turn this feature on, press the F7 key at the top of your keyboard and choose whether to enable the caret on the tab you are viewing or all your tabs.
Pressing the space bar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.
Enlarge your view
Options on your computer
To zoom your entire computer screen
This website has been built with screen readers in mind. Menus, pictures and inputs will have the correct tags and mark up to compliment your chosen screen reader.
We have tested with following tools:
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader for computers running on the Windows operating system.
The latest version can be downloaded for FREE here (on this page you may be asked for a voluntary donation, if you do not wish to donate, click "skip donation this time")
WAVE is developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages. Read more here
Microsoft Windows Narrator is available in most versions of Mircosoft Windows operating systems and reads text on the screen aloud and describes events like error messages so you can use your PC without a display. To find out more and how to enable it on your version, please click here.
Apple Mac and Windows operating systems both provide ways to control your computer with voice recognition. The BBC provide a guide to switching on voice recognition across the different versions but settings are different again if you are using Apple OS X Yosemite.
We are committed to providing you access to our most valuable resources. If you do spot anything which doesn't look quite right or have any suggestions for how we might improve our services then please let us know