We endeavour to make this website as accessible as reasonably possible to as many people as possible and aim to comply with level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) guidelines. If you are having difficulty accessing information on this website please let us know.
Changing how you view this website
This website has been designed so that it can be changed to suit your preferences. The settings are different for each browser, but most browsers allow you to:
- Change the text size
If the text size is too small it can be adjusted by using the font size setting in your browser or by clicking on the "Larger" or "Largest" links at the top right of each page of this website. For example, to change the size of the text in your browser in Internet Explorer, go to the "View" menu, select "Text Size" and then select either "Larger" or "Largest".
- Adjust text or colour changes
The background colour and the text colour can be changed by altering settings in your browser.
- In Internet Explorer, to ignore font and background colours, choose the Internet options from the Tools menu at the top of the window. Click the Accessibility button at the bottom of the screen. This takes you to a menu where you can choose to ignore the way the page is formatted. Then return to the Internet options menu, and use the Colours and Fonts buttons to set your own viewing preferences.
- If you use Windows on your computer, the Accessibility Wizard can set preferences for using your PC and the Internet. To find the Accessibility Wizard, look in the "Start" menu, select "Programs", select "Accessories", select "Accessibility", select the "Accessibility Wizard" and then follow the instructions.
Using the keyboard
You can use your keyboard to use this website without a mouse. Pressing the 'tab' key on your keyboard will skip to the next link, and pressing the return key will select the link. The arrow keys will scroll up or down the page. The backspace or back delete key, will take you back to the previous page.
PDFs and accessibility
Some of the information on this website is created in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). Adobe Reader enables you to read PDFs. The latest versions of Adobe Reader (7.0+) offer more in the way of accessibility than earlier versions. There is additional information on the Adobe website:
- download the latest version of Adobe Reader.
- view how to access PDFs with various assistive technologies
- find tools and information to increase the accessibility of PDF documents
- use a tool that converts PDF documents to HTML pages on the Adobe website
For further information on help for viewing websites for various disabilities, there is a wealth of information on the BBC website My Web My Way. Accessibility agencies encourage linking to the BBC website as it is known to be extremely comprehensive.
This website is constructed to be viewed in the most popular web browsers and operating systems. Partially supported and older browsers will be able to access the content but the content may not be rendered correctly. You should regularly upgrade your browser to increase your internet security.