Last updated:
10 April 2015

Accessibility and usability

Help to improve the experience for all users of our site, especially those with a disability.

We hope you'll find this website easy to use. We are committed to making our website as accessible as possible. It is designed to follow the accessibility guidelines issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

We aim to meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 in all parts of the website, and have carried out an independent audit of the website's accessibility in relation to W3C Level AA criteria.


If you have sight problems you may find it helps to adjust the contrast levels on your computer. For example, on Windows 7 you can do this via Start>Control Panel>Make the computer easier to see>High Contrast and then selecting the option that helps you the most.


We make every effort to ensure our website is easy to read and understand by using 'Plain English' and avoiding the use of jargon. 

Text size

The text size for this site can be changed in a number of ways. The BBC website provides comprehensive guidance on how to do this.

Choosing a larger font size will mean that pages will be delivered to you with larger text, which will be easier to read. Some browsers also allow you to change the default font itself (it is typically set to Times or an equivalent). You may find that switching to a sans serif font specifically designed for computing screens will make a distinct improvement.

Browser compatibility

Our website is designed to be compatible with most modern browsers.

We support Internet Explorer 9 and upwards and the latest versions of modern browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

If you are using Internet Explorer 8 or below, you will need to update your browser to get the most from this site.

Online safety

Our website is registered with ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association). The label indicates the suitability of our web content for children. Some applications designed to protect children will in future not allow access to any site that does not have a suitable ICRA rating.


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