What is Accessibility?
Web accessibility refers to the practice of making websites that can be used by people of all abilities and disabilities.
Elements that affect accessibility include:
- Those with a visual impairment.
- Those who are blind.
- Those people who are deaf or have difficulty hearing.
- Those who find a keyboard or mouse hard to use.
- Those who find words difficult to read.
- Those with epilepsy who may have seizures brought on by flickering or flashing content.
- Colour Blind users.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web and have developed web content accessibility guidelines. We endeavour to meet these guidelines and monitor future developments to improve the way the website operates.
You can find out more about the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative here.
The BBC has produced ‘How to Guides’ and some videos to assist people with most of the elements above. You can browse all the guides, access more information and useful links to resources on the Internet, by clicking here or select individual guides using the links below.
How to Guide – I can’t see very well.
Includes changing text, fonts, background colours, magnifying screen, making the mouse pointer easier to use. Click here to access the guide.
How to Guide – I am Blind.
Includes customising your computer’s text-to-speech features and an overview of screen readers and useful links. Click here to access the guide.
How to Guide – I can’t hear very well.
Includes ways to change how your computer or web browser operates for people who are deaf or have difficulty in hearing. Click here to access the guide.
How to Guide – I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use.
Includes how to change settings to make your keyboard and mouse easier to use. Click here to access the guide.
How to Guide – I find words difficult.
Includes changing fonts and text size in your operating system or browser and spell-checking software. Click here to access the guide.
Fonts and Text Sizes
To change text size temporarily in web broswers for Windows – click here.