We really hope that you can enjoy using this siite without any problems. However, if you do have difficulty viewing the site, we have put in place some features which should make it easier. An accessible Web site should be usable by all people, without regard to the way in which they access the site. This goes beyond the realm of disability alone: an accessible Web site is usable by any browser, by any technology, and by any user. In terms of accessibility to persons with disabilities, this means the Web site must be accessible to all people, and much more than vision disabilities have been considered.
Click for low graphic mode
This function separates the text from the graphics, making it easier to read the articles.
Click to select large text size
Click to select extra large text size
Click to reset the test size
High contrast page setting
This site has the option to change the contrast by two settings at the top of the page - look for the white circle, hollow circle and dark circle. This increases the page contrast by changing the background to varying degrees of black. The text simultaniously changes to contrast against the change in background colour. This could help some people to read the site's content. The page can easily be changed back to normal contrast by selecting the white circle again.
Changing colour options
You can also increase or reduce the text size on every page, by clicking the 3 A's at the top of the site. Please note in some web browsers increasing text size in the browser options
may offer a better experience than the above text size options. For example you can use CTRL and + in firefox to increase the text size.
We have tried to use combinations of colors that provide sufficient contrast between foreground and background across the sites. If any color poses a problem, please let us know.
To change foreground and background colors on the Web page:
Click the 'red', 'green' or 'blue' buttons at the top of the site.
IE users, can select Tools >Internet Options >General dialogue page, and the Colours button. Tick the dialogue boxes to set individual preferences.
Netscape users, select ALT + E for Edit, then the UP Arrow or "E" for Preferences. Press Enter, then SHIFT+ TAB for Preferences Navigation, then use the UP Arrow once for colours and twice for fonts. Within the colours and fonts selection boxes, press Tab to navigate among the choices, and use the Space Bar to select them. Press Enter to save your choices.
Firefox users, select Tools >Options, >Content, and the Colours button. Tick the dialogue boxes to set individual preferences.
All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.
The PDF documents available on the website have been created using later versions of Adobe Acrobat, either version 6.0 or 7.0. If you have difficulties opening any of these documents, this may be because you have an older version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your pc.
The latest version, version 8.0, can be downloaded free from the Adobe website (http://www.adobe.com).
Adobe can also help you access content using assistive technologies such as screen readers or screen magnifiers. You can link to the Access Adobe website for information on making these documents accessible.
Making the most of the site assessibility features:
There is more information below on specific accessibility features. Further help on how to get the best from your own operating system software is available on the BBC's help pages for:
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