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Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to everyone.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us.

For help customising your view of this website, see the BBC's My Web My Way and AbilityNet's My Computer, My Way.

Changing text size

Most browsers feature the ability to resize text on screen to a level you feel comfortable with.

This tool is available in the menu of various browsers as follows:

Browser Instructions
Internet Explorer 7 (PC) Page > Zoom
Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, 6 (PC) View > Text Size
Firefox, Netscape 8 View > Text Size
Opera View > Zoom
Netscape 6, 7, Mozilla View > Text Zoom
Safari (Mac) View > Make Text Bigger

 
Alternatively, if you are using a modern browser and have a mouse with a wheel you can also alter the size of the text size by holding down ctrl (PC) or command (Mac) on your keyboard while scrolling up and down with the mouse wheel.

Access keys

The access key function allows you to surf around a site without using your mouse to click on links.

Using your keyboard, it's possible to jump directly to certain links or certain areas within a page, without having to move your mouse at all.

By holding down alt+[access key] (PC), ctrl+[access key] (Mac) or alt+shift+[access key] (Firefox 2, both Mac and PC), a link becomes highlighted. You can then hit the enter key to activate the link.

Function Access key
Skip navigation S
Access key details 0
Home page 1
Site map 3
Search 4
FAQ 5
Terms and conditions 8
Feedback form 9


Using the tab key

You can use the Tab key on your keyboard to move between links on a page. A single press of Tab highlights the next link, Shift+Tab highlights the previous link.

When you use the Tab key to move between links on our website, you'll be taken through them in the following order:

  • main content
  • secondary navigation
  • supporting navigation
  • footer - tools navigation
  • footer navigation
  • header - tools navigation
  • primary navigation

All forms on our website have a logical tab sequence.

Links

Links to files (for example PDF files and Microsoft Word documents) always open in a new window.

Every effort has been made to ensure that link names are distinct and not repeated on a page.

Contrast

We have made every effort to ensure that we have used sufficient contrast on our website but if you notice any colour combinations that cause you problems, please contact us.

Standards compliance