We are committed to making this website as accessible as possible for everyone, regardless of the software they are using and including people who have a physical or cognitive impairment.
The following describes some of the features that have been incorporated into this website to aid accessibility.
This website uses CSS (cascading style sheets) for visual presentation of the content and uses relative text sizes throughout. The content of each page is structured so that if a browsing device does not support stylesheets, then the content is still readable and presented in a logical manner. This approach supports the following features:
This site works best using modern browsers which are more customizable than older browsers. The site has been tested using: Internet Explorer 6.0 and above, Firefox 3.0.17. We cannot guarantee that the content of this site will be displayed correctly when older browsers are used.
Resizable text size
The text size on this site can be made larger (or smaller) by changing your browser options.
How to increase or decrease text size in your browser
If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel
- Open the View menu with the mouse or press Alt+V .
- Select the Text Size option with the mouse or press x .
- Choose your preferred text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing Enter or by clicking on it.
- Open the View menu with the mouse or by pressing Alt+V.
- Select the Zoom option with the mouse.
- Zoom in by pressing Ctrl + + or zoom out using Ctrl + -. Alternatively press and hold Ctrl and use the wheel on your mouse if you have one.
- Open the View menu with the mouse or by pressing Alt+V .
- Select the Text Zoom option with the mouse or by pressing Z .
- Choose your preferred text size with the mouse or by using the up and down keys and pressing enter or OK.
Unlike in Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, Opera can increase the size of images as well as text.
You can quickly increase or decrease the size of both text and graphics using the numberpad + and - keys. Each press will increase or decrease the size by 10%. However these changes will not be remembered next time you open Opera.
Follow these steps to increase or decrease the size of the text permanently:
- Open the File menu with the mouse or by pressing Alt+F
- Select the Preferences option with the mouse or by pressing F
- Select Page Style from the list with the mouse or by using the down arrow key
- Select the Default Zoom of your choice with the mouse or by pressing Alt + Z and using the up and down arrows
- Select the OK button with the mouse or by pressing Enter to return to Opera
- Hold the Apple key and press:
- + to increase text size
- - to decrease text size
For more information about making text easier and much more information about making your computer easier to use to see, visit BBC website
It is believed that the majority of pages on this site are compatible with screen readers. By using stylesheets, the content is easier to present on text only devices or devices where stylesheet support is not available.
Printer friendly pages
Most pages on this site can be printed in a user-friendly manner which includes a larger, easier to read font-size and removes extraneous information such as navigational menus.
It is recognised that not all the pages on this website conform to the above features in a consistent manner. Revisions to this website are, however, an on-going process and it is intended to revise this site so it will conform, where practical, to the following standards and guidelines:
- The W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines *, priority 1 and 2 guidelines (conformance level AA), and as much of the priority 3 guidelines as possible. The aim is to ensure that the mark-up conforms to XHTML 1.0 transitional.
- The BSI (British standards Institution) publication "Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites" PAS 78. This is available from the Disability Right Commission website.
*Note: W3C – the World Wide Web Consortium – is an an organisation which provides standards, guidelines and advice on building websites that are as accessible to as many people as possible.
We welcome any comments you might have about the content or usability of this website. Please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org .