Accessibility

We have undertaken to use our knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different people access the Internet, to develop a web site that is clear and simple for everybody to use.

Page Colour Contrast:

To change the contrast of colours used on this website click on the links below:

Access Keys:

This site uses a setup that closely matches most international recommendations on access keys.

These are:

1 - Home
2 - Skip to page content
3 - Site map
4 - Search field focus
5 - Skip to main menu
6 - Skip to sub menu
9 - Contact information
0 - Accessibility and Access key details (this page)

Access keys for different internet browsers:

How you use a website's access keys varies depending on which internet browser you are using.

Google Chrome 3+

On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Firefox 2+

On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT and SHIFT keys and the number of the access key.

On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Opera

On Windows and Macs: hold down the SHIFT and ESC keys and then press the number of the access key.

Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and the number of the access key, then press ENTER.

Internet Explorer 9+

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

Safari 3

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Safari 4+

On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.

On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Changing Text Size:

To change the text size in your browser:

Internet Explorer 7, 8 & 9:

Use Ctrl & '+' and Ctrl & '-' to increase and decrease the font size. Ctrl & '0' will return to the normal size.

Firefox:

Firefox offers various ways of setting text size: zoom in and out by holding the Ctrl key down and moving the mouse wheel; zoom the text size in and out by using Ctrl & ‘+’ and Ctrl & ‘-’. set the font in menu Tools / Options. Ctrl & '0' will return to the normal size. Alernatively, use the zoom option on the view menu.

For Macs use the Command key instead of the Ctrl key (The Command key on a Macintosh is indicated by an Apple or cloverleaf symbol.).

Safari:

In Safari zoom the text size in and out with Command & '+' and Command & '-'. The Command key on a Macintosh is indicated by an Apple or cloverleaf symbol. Or you can use menu View / Make Text Bigger.

Chrome:

Google Chrome has a zoom option: click on the right hand settings menu icon, then set the zoom level using the menu option. Alernatively, zoom in and out by holding the Ctrl key down and moving the mouse wheel; or zoom the text size in and out by using Ctrl & ‘+’ and Ctrl & ‘-’. Ctrl & '0' will return to the normal size.

For Macs use the Command key instead of the Ctrl key (The Command key on a Macintosh is indicated by an Apple or cloverleaf symbol.).

Opera 8, 9 & 10:

Zoom in and out on a page with the mouse-wheel: hold the Ctrl key depressed, and move the mouse wheel up or down. Or use the '+' and '-' keys on the numeric keypad, and ‘6’ to return to 100%. In Opera 10, the '6' no longer works; use Ctrl & '0' instead.

Additional Information:

The BBC Website has an indepth section about website accessibility called 'My Web My Way'.