We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. This website has been designed to be as accessible as possible while still visually interesting. To do this we have considered a variety of features which are summarised below. Click on the links to see information on the particular accessibility issues.
- Alternative Style
- Images and Alt Tags
- Browser Compatibility
- Coding Standards
- Consistent Navigation
- Translation Statement
The website has been designed to work with assistive technologies. We recommend that your computer or device is setup to enhance your entire computer experience. In order to achieve this please use the BBC My Web website provides useful hints/tips/guides to assist you if you have difficulty using the internet or have any accessibility issues.
Images and Alt Tags
We have avoided using excessive graphics within the web site where possible to ensure quick download times and access to information which cannot be read when in image format.
Where images have been used we have added ‘Alt’ tags, these are text alternatives that allow you to see what the image is meant to convey. This will apply if the image doesn’t load, if you are browsing with images switched off or if you are using a screen reader to give audio descriptions of the web page.
This website has been designed to work with the following browsers. If you are experiencing issues with the website it is recommended that you install the latest version of the browser.
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
Later versions of these browsers should continue to be compatible.
We have ensured our site conforms to W3C standards for xhtml and css. Adhering to these standards should make our site accessible across browsers which adhere to the same standards, and should make our pages more accessible to those using screen readers and similar devices.
Throughout the site we have tried to keep the navigation consistent. Certain pages are available from every single page on the website. All image links have text alternatives.
Popular web browsers include the option to translate web pages by default when they detect that the website language is different to the language installed on the computer, tablet or smartphone. When browsers do not offer to automatically translate, plug-ins are often available to help you do this.
- Google Chrome – When you come across a page written in a language you don’t understand, you can use Chrome to translate the page.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- Go to a webpage written in another language.
- At the top, click Translate.
- Chrome will translate the webpage this one time..
- Internet Explorer can translate pages with the Google toolbar extension.
- Edge can translate pages with an extension from the Microsoft store.
- Safari on MacOS can translate pages with an extension available on the Safari extensions website.
- Safari on iOS can translate pages with with an extension from the App store.
- Firefox can translate pages with various extensions.
If you have any comments about the accessibility of the site please contact our Webmaster here