Accessibility is a fundamental part of what we believe as an organisation and it’s important to us that our website reflects these values.
We comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) to the greatest degree we can. We believe our site and content to be AA standard and where possible we extend this to AAA compliance.
We also test this website for digital accessibility with real people, using various devices, from desktop computers down to smartphones, and ensure we test for both mouse and keyboard navigation, screenreading technology such as Read & Write Gold, JAWS, Apple Voiceover and Microsoft Narrator.
We also work to make our PDF publications as accessible as possible, and where possible provide HTML alternatives.
We are continuing to evolve our accessibility work for the web, for print and at our events. This activity is steered by an internal working group and reinforced by bringing in external speakers from organisations leading in digital accessibility, such as the BBC, Gov.uk and Microsoft.
We’ve designed our pages and chosen colours to make sure our designs don’t make things unnecessarily difficult for people who are visually impaired or colourblind.
We use cascading style sheets to control presentation, which means content is well structured and easy to access using assistive technology.
We believe our brand font, Lato, is legible and readable for the widest possible group of users and have given careful consideration to how we use text throughout the site. We have also ensured line lengths and leading (the space between lines) are set to offer a good reading experience.
The operating system of your computer and your internet browser also have built-in accessibility features.
For example, if it is helpful to you, you can use your browser to help you read this website by increasing the text size on your screen:
There’s a lot more that you can do with your browser, operating system and computer, tablet or smartphone to improve your browsing experience. Have a look at the BBC’s excellent My Web My Way website for guidance and step-by-step instructions.
We’d love to hear from you if you have feedback or suggestions about how we can make this website more accessible: email [email protected] to share your thoughts with us.