Accessibility

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What does accessibility mean?

Accessibility is the word used to describe whether a product (for example, a website, mobile site, digital TV interface or application) can be used by people of all abilities and disabilities.

For instance, a website is accessible if all people, including disabled and elderly people, can use it. 

Compatibility with tools

This website should be compatible with recent versions of the following screen readers:

  • Jaws
  • ZoomText
  • NVDA
  • VoiceOver
  • Window Eyes
  • Supernova screen readers
  • Magicetc

The site should also be compatible with:

  • basic operating system screen magnifiers
  • talking browsers such as Browsealoud
  • speech recognition software, eg Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • operating system speech packages

Readability

We have made every effort to ensure this web site is easily readable using 'plain english'. We carry out regular research with our local customers and all our publishers attend training to present content in an easy to read format.

Text size

The text size for this site can be changed using your browser.

  • Internet Explorer: Select the "View" menu, then "Text size"
  • FireFox: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom" or "Zoom text only"
  • Safari: Select the "View" menu, then "Make text bigger" or "Make text smaller"
  • Opera: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom"

Get help

You can find guidance from the BBC about:

  • making your mouse easier to use
  • using your keyboard to control your mouse
  • alternatives to a keyboard and mouse
  • increasing the size of the text in your web browser
  • changing text and background colours
  • how to magnify your screen
  • screen readers and talking browsers