We aim to provide a website that is as accessible to as many people as possible. We understand that some of the visitors to our website are disabled. We have taken extra care to make sure that you are able to enjoy equal access to everything on our website if you have a disability.
We have followed international accessibility guidelines
and disabled people tested our site during its development to help us get it right.
If you have difficulty using our site, please don’t hesitate to contact us +44 1865 339 100.
If you are using access technology (such as a screenreader if you are blind) please tell us about the technology you are using so that we can support you quickly and effectively.
We have designed our site following the accessibility guidance set out in:
- Publicly Available Specification 78: Guide to Good Practice in Commissioning Accessible Websites
- W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
This involved using a number of technological and design implementations, meeting certain standards criteria and developing clear editorial guidelines, including:
- text size throughout the site can be altered as required by the visitor using their browser
- all images, audio and video files accompanied by text versions or alt tags
- clear and consistent navigation and layout
- use of clean HTML code
- content rewritten in plain language
- use of jargon kept to a minimum
- standard formats for certain page types (news, country profiles etc)
Did you know?
There are many simple changes you can make in your computer settings that could make the screen easier to read?
The BBC and disability technology charity AbilityNet have produced a very useful guide to how you can make your computer more user-friendly if you have a disability.
You will find this guide on the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility.