Accessible design

We have tried to use combinations of colours that provide sufficient contrast between foreground and background across the sites. If you spot anything that gives you problems on this site please let us know.

Making text larger

Internet Explorer

  • Go to the View menu using your mouse or by pressing Alt + V.
  • Select the Text Size option using your mouse or by pressing X.
  • Choose your preferred text size using your mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing Enter or by clicking on it.

Firefox 3.X

The following instructions will set the minimum font size on your computer’s system, so the size will apply to every site you visit.

  • Go to Tools in your browser’s menu using your mouse or press Alt + T.
  • Click on Options, or press O, to open the Options dialog box.
  • Select Content if not already selected or press the tab key until it is highlighted (in blue) and then press Enter.
  • Under Fonts & Colours change the font size to the appropriate size and click OK (see example below).


Firefox Fonts Settings

For more information on help with seeing websites including using screen magnifying software, making your mouse pointer easier to see and using your own style sheets amongst other useful tips, go to the BBC My Web My Way website (opens in new window).

Hearing our Website

Making your computer speak with Browsealoud

Our sites are Browsealoud enabled. Browsealoud is a software program that reads aloud web page and PDF document content. Once you have downloaded the Browsealoud software onto your computer, all you need to do is place your mouse pointer over the text you wish to have read aloud and Browsealoud will do so, you can also opt to have the text being read aloud highlighted on the screen. Browsealoud is available for both PC and Mac just follow the link below.

Download Browsealoud for PC or Mac (new window)

Using a screen reader

If you are using a screen reader, we hope you will benefit from our use of meaningful headings, link text and alternative text to navigate our websites. We have also tried to make tables and PDF documents as accessible as possible. If you do come across a PDF document you cannot access, we provide links on every document cover to the Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool as well as a link to download Adobe PDF Reader, which is free and can be used to access PDF files. A link to each is also provided below:

Download Adobe Reader (new window)

Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool (new window)

For more information on help with hearing websites including using screen reading software amongst other assistive technologies, go to the BBC My Web My Way website (new window).

For more information on help with navigating websites using your keyboard, go to the BBC My Web My Way website (new window).

Using your mouse to navigate our websites

For more information on using your mouse to navigate websites such as adjusting the speed of your mouse, making it left-handed and making your mouse pointer larger, go to the BBC My Web My Way website (new window). The BBC site also covers alternatives to the mouse and keyboard.


If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about accessing the content of our website please contact us.