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We aim to make this website as accessible as possible for all users. If you have any problems using this site, or can suggest a way to improve it, please either send us your comments using our Feedback page, or email us.
In designing this site, we have incorporated the following features with the intention of improving the site's accessibility:
1. Resizable text
All text can be resized using your browser. Alternatively, the page can be zoomed using your browser, which is the simplest way to make text larger in Internet Explorer 7 and recent versions of Firefox.
2. Keyboard navigation
This website does not modify the normal process of keyboard navigation (it does not provide keyboard shortcuts, or change the natural tab order of pages).
Tip: most users will find it easier to use the keyboard at certain times, particularly when filling in a form.
3. Hidden text and links
If you listen to websites, a small amount of extra text is provided to help you to make sense of the content. If you navigate with the keyboard, there are extra links to help you. Anyone who wishes to see this extra text and links, or who would prefer to view a low-graphics version of the site, can do so by viewing the page without style sheets.
Internet Explorer 6
Go to the 'View' menu (hold down 'Alt' and press 'V') and choose 'Text size'.
Internet Explorer 7
It is easier to zoom the page: hold down the 'Ctrl' key and press '+' or ' -'. But it is often more effective to resize the text: go to the 'Page' menu (hold down 'Alt' and press 'P') and choose 'Text size'.
Hold down the 'Ctrl' key (Windows) or Apple key (Macintosh) and press '+' or ' -' to make text larger and smaller - or in recent versions, to zoom in and out - and press '0' to return to normal size.
Hold down the Apple key and press '+' or ' -' to make text larger and smaller, and press '0' to return to normal size.
Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows
Use the 'Tab' key to move from link to link. Hold 'Shift' and press 'Tab' to move backwards. Press 'Return' or 'Enter' to activate a link.
In a form... use the 'Tab' key to move from field to field. With 'radio buttons', use the up and down arrow keys to choose your preferred option. With checkboxes, press the space bar to check an option. To activate a submit button, press 'Return' or 'Enter'.
Firefox on Macintosh
As for Windows above.
Safari on Macintosh
Hold down 'Alt' and use the 'Tab' key to move from link to link. Hold 'Shift' and 'Alt' and press 'Tab' to move backwards. Press 'Return' or 'Enter' to activate a link.
In a form... use the 'Tab' key to move from field to field (it does not matter if you also hold down 'Alt'). With 'radio buttons', use the up and down arrow keys to choose your preferred option. With checkboxes, press the space bar to check an option. To activate a submit button, press 'Return' or 'Enter'.
In the 'Tools' menu, choose 'Internet options...' and in the 'General' section, choose 'Accessibility'. You can now select your own style sheet, or you can tick the boxes to ignore a website's specified colours, font styles and font sizes. Note that disabling colours, font styles and font sizes does not disable layout, so hidden text will remain hidden from view.
In the 'View' menu, go to 'Page Style' and choose 'No Style'.
In 'Preferences', go to 'Advanced'. Here you can select your own style sheet. To disable style sheets, tick 'Show Develop menu in menu bar', then in the 'Develop' menu, choose 'Disable Styles'.
The BBC’s ‘My Web, My Way’ pages have lots of ideas for ways to make your computer easier to use.
The approach taken on this website to improving accessibility draws on the experience of WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind).