To make our website more accessible to all users we have taken some steps to ensure it meets with Equality Act 2010 requirements. We are continually reviewing our website to improve it and make it more user-friendly and accessible to all users of different abilities and disabilities.
How is this site more accessible?
Better for screen readers
Where possible we have made this website more user-friendly for screen readers for the visually impaired. This includes:
Avoiding "click here" or vague links names
Screen-reader users often use a keyboard shortcut to list all the links on a page. In such a list, the links have no surrounding text. Descriptive link names also make a page more “scannable” to sighted users.
Crowded, overly busy pages are annoying to everyone, but they can be especially confusing and cumbersome to someone using a screen-reader. This website has a simple layout which is easy to navigate around.
Using correct punctuation
Where we use commas and full stops, voice synthesizers will produce cadences and pauses accordingly, making sentences more understandable as they are read aloud.
Using "Alt" text when images are displayed
Where possible we use an "Alt" tag for each image displayed on the website. Screen readers should recognise an image on a page and read the description of that image.
Menu links are more descriptive
The website menu is more descriptive and organised so users with screen readers can navigate around the website more easily.
The font and text are of a good size and can be adjusted
All the text on this website is plain text and not graphics. This means that the font size can be adjusted using your web browser settings. For details on how to do this please see the BBC's Your Web Your Way guide.
Text is contrast-friendly
Where possible we have used dark fonts on light backgrounds to provide a good contrast for greater readability.