We are constantly working to make our website as accessible and usable as possible. If you have any questions about using our website or if you have a suggestion on how we can improve its accessibility please email

When we were developing this website with our website provider, VerseOne, they ensured that the content was checked prior to “going live” by experienced users of adaptive technology for access by people who have

  • No vision
  • Low vision
  • Colour blindness
  • Dyslexia
  • Deafness
  • Mobility Impairment
  • Learning Difficulties

Our website includes a built in accessibility checker – this means that before we place anything on our site the system checks it and provides the author with messages, prompts and warnings to guide them towards publishing accessible content. For example, if we try to publish a photograph without including a description it, the system alerts us and makes sure that we do.

Our website includes the facility for people using it to be able to change the contrast of the site and view in either black and blue font on a yellow background or yellow and blue font on a black background. The button to activate this function can be found after clicking on the top of each page.

We also have a ‘Browsealoud’ tool linked to our website which offers speech, reading and translation support – this orange button can be found in the bottom right hand corner of each page.

Browser compatibility

This site has been developed and tested in several desktop and mobile device internet browsers using responsive web design techniques. This means that you should be able to comfortably view the site on either a computer screen, smartphone or tablet. Certain aspects of this site will not work in browsers more than three or four years old, so we recommend upgrading your internet browser if required.


All images used in this site include descriptive alternative text. This means that if the person using this website has a visual impairment and is using software that reads the site content to them it will include a description of any image on that page.

Other languages

Visitors to our site who wish to access information in other languages may use the Google Translate feature which is available on every page on our website from a box at the top of the page. This is a third party service and any use of its translation services is subject to its rules or requirements.

The translations are made through an automated process which may not result in accurate or precise translations. Anyone using the Google Translate does so at his or her own risk and the user accepts the legal implications of any shortcomings or differences in the translation.

Accessing further help to improve website accessibility

The BBC website includes a section called My Web My Way. This provides advice and help on how to get the most out of the accessibility features and assistive technologies available for your computer, so that you can view BBC Online and the rest of the web in a more accessible way.

This heart of the site is the How to guides section, which shows you how to customise the accessibility features of your computer setup or web browser. It also includes guides and factsheets that introduce the range of assistive technologies that are available.

Meeting web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.1)

In advance of new content accessibility guidelines being implemented in September 2020, we:

  • commissioned our website provider to carry out an accessibility audit of the website and received the report of recommendations
  • asked our website provider to make a number of changes to the design of the site to enable us to meet this guidelines (for example some improvements to aspects such as high contrast settings for visually impaired users)
  • are working through the recommendations in the report regarding the content we have on our website.

For more information

If you require additional support to access any of the information on our website, please email us at and we will do our best to support you in this regard.