Last updated:
4 April 2016

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.

Brightness and contrast

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>Optimize visual display (under Ease of Access)>High Contrast and then selecting the option that helps you the most.

The Microsoft website also provides guidance on adjusting your monitor's brightness and contrast:

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.

Other languages

You can translate the language on a webpage through sites like Google Translate. Simply:

  • highlight the text that you would like translated
  • right click your mouse and select Copy (Ctrl + C)
  • paste the text into the left-hand box by right clicking and selecting Paste (Ctrl + V) and making sure English is selected
  • select a language in the right-hand box that you would like the text to be translated to
  • select Translate.

However, we are not responsible for this service and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the translations available.

Readability

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 guidance on how to do this:

Choosing a larger font size will mean that pages will display with larger text and 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.

 

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