Where possible our web app is designed to conform to World Wide Web Consortium accessibility standards (If you spot anywhere that we're falling short, let us know).

Site accessibility features

Resizable text

By default, text is set at a medium font size, but you can resize the text on all pages using options in your web browser.

Flexible width and scalable layout

You can drag the four edges of the website to display any size you want. The page content adjusts automatically to display correctly for the shape you choose:

  1. Move the pointer over a display window edge until two arrows appear.
  2. Drag the top, bottom and side edges to the shape and size you want.

Customising your computer

AbilityNet and the BBC have developed some tutorials which tell you how to customise your computer to give you a better experience when using the web. For example, you can find out how to:

  • change how information is shown on your screen, to get more on, or to see content more clearly
  • change colours and fonts, a good idea if you have a visual impairment and need more contrast
  • adapt the mouse, for example, to slow it down, make the pointer bigger, or if you are left-handed
  • change a variety of keyboard settings, including the rate at which the cursor blinks.

Go to AbilityNet for more information, or My Web My Way to see the tutorials.

Using keyboard shortcuts

You can use keys on the keyboard to move around our website more quickly. These are called shortcuts, and the keys you use depend on your browser.

Useful links

You can download free software from the web, and find out about accessibility features for a variety of systems:

www.abilitynet.org.uk - for information about customising your computer

My Web My Way - for information and tutorials, developed by the BBC and AbilityNet, on customising your computer

www.microsoft.com/enable/training/default.aspx - Microsoft accessibility wizard and how to use it

www.google.com/accessibility/all-products-features.html - Google accessibility tools

www.apple.com/accessibility - Apple Macintosh accessibility features

www.accessfirefox.org - accessibility features in Firefox and download extensions

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