We have tried to design our website to make it as accessible as possible whilst remaining visually interesting and easy to use.
As a result, this website includes a variety of features which are summarised below:
Images and alt tags
Where images are used we have added ‘Alt’ tags – text alternatives so that you will still know what the image is meant to convey even if it doesn’t load or if you have chosen to browse with the images switched off or you are using an assistive technology like a screen reader to browse the web page rather than view.
Downloadable PDF posters
Some of the stories have downloadable PDF posters. The posters contain text from the stories, adapted into a graphic visual. You can use a free screen reader like Natural Readers Online to read this text on the PDF versions of the posters.
You can alter the font size on the screen to make it easier to read. There are a number of ways to change the text size in your browser, the easiest way is to follow these steps:
- hold down the command key and press the + / – key
- press Apple and the + / – key. To return the text to its original size, press Apple + 0
- select the ‘View’ menu
- select Zoom
- click on Zoom text only and then hold down the ctrl key and press the + key
It is also possible to increase or decrease the size of the text by holding down the ctrl key whilst using the scroll wheel on the mouse.
You can set your web browser to ignore the colours that we have used on this website. You can also ask your browser to use your own preferred colour scheme when viewing this site.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/change_colours/browser/mac/change the colours for Chrome
- change colours for Safari
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/change_colours/browser/win/change the colours for Firefox
- change colours for Internet Explorer
- change colours for Microsoft Edge
See also: AbilityNet’s guide to changing colours on your mobile / tablet, browser and computer.
Browser accessibility options
Each browser has different methods for font size, formatting, and screen color options:
- Google Chrome accessibility options, under the Chrome Browser Resources section.
- Internet Explorer accessibility options.
- Mozilla Firefox accessibilty options.
The BBC also has information on how to customise your computer, and your browser, to make them more accessible in their ‘My web my way’ section.
To change the size of the window of the site
On the browser View menu select ‘Full screen’ or press ‘F11’.
We’d love to hear from you if there’s anything else you feel would be useful to include.