We aim to make the usability and accessibility of our website and its content as easy and open to all as possible. This is achieved by following recognised international standards of web design and accessibility guidelines. We aim to meet the minimum standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) guidelines for accessibility under the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Further information on these guidelines can be found on the WC3 website.

Below is some helpful information on using your browser's functionalities to ease navigation of our site. For more in depth information and guides to aid your user experience on the internet we recommend the BBC My Web My Way pages.

Text resize

Browser Zoom

  • Internet Explorer 7 / Internet Explorer 8 / Firefox / Opera:

    Choose View from the top menu > Zoom

  • Safari:

    Choose View from the top menu

Text resize

On Safari and Firefox, you can use the zoom function on text only. Choose View from the top menu and Zoom or View menu. Check the 'zoom text only' option.

Screen zoom

On a Mac, you can zoom the complete screen by pressing CTRL + mouse wheel up or down (can be defined on the 'mouse and keyboard' screen of the preferences pane).

On Windows, run 'Magnifier':

Start menu > Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > Magnifier

Keyboard navigation

  • Move through links and forms elements: TAB
  • Move backwards through links and forms elements: SHIFT + TAB
  • Go to the next page: ALT + RIGHT ARROW for IE CMD RIGHT ARROW for Mac
  • Go to previous page: ALT + LEFT ARROW for IE CMD LEFT ARROW for Mac
  • Scroll up: UP ARROW
  • Scroll down: DOWN ARROW
  • Scroll up multiple lines: PAGE UP
  • Scroll down multiple lines: PAGE DOWN
  • Reach the top of the document: HOME
  • Reach the end of the document: END
  • Find on the page: CTRL + F / CMD + F
  • Open a new website or page: CTRL + N / CMD + N
  • Open a new tab: CTRL + T / CMD + T
  • Close the current tab/page: CTRL + W / CMD + W
  • Focus the address bar: ALT + D for IE or CTRL + L / CMD + L for other browsers
  • Zoom in: CTRL + PLUS / CMD + PLUS
  • Zoom out: CTRL + MINUS / CMD + MINUS
  • Reset zoom CTRL + 0 / CMD + 0


Remove site styles

Some browsers let you remove the default site styles completely.

Internet Explorer 8, Firefox Mac / PC:

Select View from the top menu > Page Style > No Style.

Edit styles through your browser

Browsers also allow you to edit page styles simply without having to edit a css file.

  • Firefox:

    Choose the Content tab from the Preference screen, under the Font & Colors section.

  • Internet Explorer:

    Choose Tools from the top menu bar > Internet Options > General tab > Colors / Fonts Options

  • Firefox:

    Choose the content tab in the Preference screen, under the Font & Colors section.

  • Opera:

    From the Preference screen, choose the Web Pages tab.

Use user defined styles

Most modern browsers let you use your own style sheet, where you can customize the site's design completely, or can override some of the default styles.

  • For Internet Explorer:

    Choose Tools from the top menu > Internet Options > General tab > Accessibility

  • Firefox:

    From you profile folder, find the chrome directory and the file named userContent-example.css. Rename it to userContent.css and edit.

  • Opera:

    From the top menu choose View > Styles > Manage Modes

  • Safari:

    From the Preference screen, in the Advanced tab, choose Other from the Style Sheet dropdown.

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