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Accessibility statement

We are committed to reducing the barriers experienced by people with disabilities.

We are constantly working to improve the accessibility and usability of our website and work to many of the available standards and guidelines. By following these guidelines, we are striving to create a Level AA website based on the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make websites more accessible and usable, which means everyone will find our website easier to use.

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. This means our website should display properly in current browsers and means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

We are aware, however, that we do make mistakes. If you find any of our pages inaccessible, please contact us.


Getting the most from the web

You can find useful information on getting the most from the web - such as how to make changes to your browser - by visiting the BBC My Web My Way website.


Downloading documents

Where possible we try to provide documents to download in a PDF format.

If you have difficulties reading a PDF, please visit Adobe's Accessibility Resource Centre. Adobe provides useful information for users with a disability.

If you need a document download in a different language, on tape or CD, in large print or Braille, please let us know. We can also arrange for an interpreter so that you can speak to us in your own language.


Access keys

If you have difficulty in using a mouse or similar devices, you can use keyboard shortcuts. We follow the government's access key system.

The keyboard shortcuts are:

  • Accessibility statement (0)
  • Homepage (1)
  • Site Map (3)
  • Search (4)
  • MySovereign (5)
  • Privacy (6)
  • Disclaimer (7)
  • Charitable statement (8)

 

  • Text only (t)
  • Text larger (b)
  • Text normal (n)
  • Text smaller (m)

 

  • Browsealoud (r)
  • Translate (l)

 

  • High contrast - normal (c)
  • High contrast - black on yellow (z)
  • High contrast - yellow on black (x)

 

Different browsers use access keys in different ways – for more information, visit the wikipedia page on access keys.


Accessibility and Translation software

Our website has accessibility and translation software available from the listen link at the top of each page .  If you click on this link a Recite Me toolbar will appear which allows you to have the website content spoken to you, aswell as being able to change the font size, font and background colours, plus translating the website to another language.