There are a number of steps we have taken to address accessibility needs.
The site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all presentation and layout so that content is well structured and easily accessible via assistive devices.
Text size can be increased or decreased in your browser by following these steps:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked "view" A list of options will appear in the drop down menu, choose "text size" Next another drop down menu should appear with options including "small", "medium", "large", "largest" Select "largest"
Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements If you need to make the text smaller press Ctrl on your keyboard and the minus ( - ) key
Hold down the Apple Key and press the (+) key You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements If you need to make the text smaller press the Apple Key on your keyboard and press the (-) key
Click the 'Customise and Control' spanner symbol in the top right hand corner (Alt + E) Select 'Settings' ('Preferences' on Mac and Linux) Click on 'Under the Bonnet' and customise your fonts and font size in the 'Web Content' section
All images used for non aesthetic reasons have descriptive alternative text.
Content across the site has been written and formatted to make it as accessible as possible. This includes: The use of semantic headings which are descriptive and used to highlight sections of text Clear and easy to understand language Meaningful text used for all links No information is conveyed exclusively through the use of colour
Wherever possible we have designed pages and chosen colours to be accessible to colour-blind users. Where contrast is limited, we are working towards a solution by reviewing our current colour palette.
A sitemap is provided to assist with navigation. All pages across the site also include a link to the homepage, and have a consistent global navigation.
Rich media content
We are committed to providing transcripts and/or subtitles for key pieces of new video content available on the website. We are using YouTube descriptions and captioning. These captions can be accessed by clicking the 'CC' button within the video player. We also plan to retrospectively provide such information for key video features produced prior to redesigning this website.
There are a number of PDF documents available for download across the site. You can find out more about how to configure the free Adobe Reader software to obtain greater access to PDF files by visiting the Adobe site.
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In order to avoid any conflict with personal access keys you may have set up on your computer, we have chosen not to install bespoke access keys on this site. Efforts have been made to ensure the site is as easy to navigate as possible.
Content across the site has been written and formatted to make it as accessible as possible. This includes: The use of semantic headings which are descriptive and used to highlight sections of text (Accessed by using the letter H on the keyboard). Combo boxes, a combination of drop-down lists and list boxes to aid in the selection of list items (Accessed by the letter C)
We are continually seeking to make improvements to the site and welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback. If you are using adaptive technology and are having problems accessing information on the site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the problem you encountered and the technology you are using.
More information on how to make your browsing experience easier is available for the BBC's My Web My Way website. This includes advice and help for those who may benefit from making changes to their browser, operating system or computer to be able to view the web in a more accessible way.