We offer the following accessibility features on our site:
Our website meets all the requirements of the WCAG 1.0 AA guidelines. As the site grows over time, we will endeavour to uphold the spirit and best practice of the WCAG guidelines, recognising that web technology is changing rapidly. Our main objective is to create a site which is accessible and usable in practice.
We have provided clear and consistent navigation and a ‘breadcrumb trail’ to assist orientation within the site. There are also section summaries on the home page and on the introductory page of each area to guide you through the site.
The site has been built to comply with standards XHTML and CSS2. The code has been checked for accessibility using a range of automated and (more significantly) manual checks. In older browsers (Netscape and Internet Explorer 4 and earlier) it will appear as an unstyled document. All information and functionality will still be accessible.
At the top of every page is a hidden ‘skip link’ that is read by screen-reading software and can be accessed with the tab key on the keyboard. When selected, it will make the screenreader skip past the rest of the menu links to the start of the page content.
You can also make our website talk by downloading the free text to speech software BrowseAloud. Simply install it and then move your mouse over any text, link, picture or button and BrowseAloud will speak it to you. The download is approximately 2.5Mb.
My Web My Way is an excellent source of accessibility help for all computer users developed by the BBC and AbilityNet. It provides information on changing colours, text size and other features of our website, and also explains how to apply these settings to any site you visit.
We welcome feedback on the Accessibility and usability of our website. If you have had any problems or any issues while using our site, please let us know. Email, phone and address details are on our contact us page.