Website Accessibility
Accessible design

We have tried to use combinations of colours that provide sufficient contrast between foreground and background across the sites.
If you spot anything that gives you problems on this site please let us know.
Making text larger
You can make text larger on Internet Explorer by following the steps below:

Go to the View menu using your mouse or by pressing Alt + V.
Select the Text Size option using your mouse or by pressing X.
Choose your preferred text size using your mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing Enter or by clicking on it.

You can make text larger on Google Chrome by following the steps below:

Open the fonts and languages window.
Click on the spanner menu icon or press Shift + Alt +T to access the toolbar.
Press the right arrow key until ‘Customise and control Google Chrome’ is highlighted.
Press enter.
Click on Options in the drop down menu or press O.
In the Google Chrome Options window click the ‘under the bonnet’ tab.
Click on the ‘change font and language settings’ button and scroll down to ‘Change font and language settings’ until the button is highlighted, press enter.
In the fonts and languages window select the ‘Fonts and Encoding’ tab.
Select change button beside the font style you wish to change (Serif Font, Sans-Serif Font or Fixed Width Font).
In the ‘Font’ window click on the font size you want or press Alt + S and use the up and down arrow until the font size you want is highlighted.
Click ‘OK’
Click the close button or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter to return to Google Chrome.

You can make text larger on Firefox by following the steps below:

Go to Tools in your browser’s menu using your mouse or press Alt + T.
Click on Options, or press O, to open the Options dialog box.
Select Content if not already selected or press the tab key until it is highlighted (in blue) and then press Enter.
Under Fonts & Colours change the font size to the appropriate size and click OK.

For more information on help with seeing websites including using screen magnifying software, making your mouse pointer easier to see and using your own style sheets amongst other useful tips, go to the BBC My Web My Way website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/text_larger/

If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about seeing the content of our websites send us an email, we would like to hear from you.
Hearing our Website
Making your computer speak with Browsealoud

Our sites are Browsealoud enabled. Browsealoud is a software program that reads aloud web page and PDF document content. Once you have downloaded the Browsealoud software onto your computer, all you need to do is place your mouse pointer over the text you wish to have read aloud and Browsealoud will do so, you can also opt to have the text being read aloud highlighted on the screen. Browsealoud is available for both PC and Mac just follow the link below.

Download Browsealoud for PC or Mac
Using a screen reader

If you are using a screen reader, we hope you will benefit from our use of meaningful headings, link text and alternative text to navigate our websites. We have also tried to make tables and PDF documents as accessible as possible. If you do come across a PDF document you cannot access, we provide links on every document cover to the Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool as well as a link to download Adobe PDF Reader, which is free and can be used to access PDF files. A link to each is also provided below:

Download Adobe Reader

Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool

For more information on help with hearing websites including using screen reading software amongst other assistive technologies, go to the BBC My Web My Way website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/text_larger/

If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about hearing the content of our websites send us an email, we would like to hear from you.

For more information on help with navigating websites using your keyboard, go to the BBC My Web My Way website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/text_larger/
Using your mouse to navigate our websites

For more information on using your mouse to navigate websites such as adjusting the speed of your mouse, making it left-handed and making your mouse pointer larger, go to the BBC My Web My Way website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/movement_index.shtml. The BBC site also covers alternatives to the mouse and keyboard.

If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about navigating our websites send us an email, we would like to hear from you.