This web site has been designed to comply with the international web accessibility standards issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as part of their Web Accessibility Initiative.

All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that top level and main content pages are compliant with the standards. For example:

Alternative text

All images on this site are accompanied by a brief alternative text which where appropriate identifies an image or its function. This alternative text (alt-text) is generally only visible when the browser’s automatic image loading feature is turned off.


All text links are written so that they make sense when read out of context.

Colour contrast

Care has been taken to ensure that appropriate foreground and background colours provide sufficient contrast. All content conveyed with colour is also available to people who are colour blind.

Browser compatibility

We test our work across a range of operating systems and devices to ensure compatibility and accessibility. We take the issue of browser compatibility very seriously, and every effort is made to ensure that our web site is usable by everyone. In order to support as wide a range of browsers as possible and allow users of all abilities (including those with a visual impairment or physical disability) to access add web address the site has been developed according to recognised standards set down by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Some browsers, particularly earlier versions (Internet Explorer 7 for example), either do not, or only partially support, this standard. These browsers might not display this site’s text and graphics properly.

Most browser manufacturers allow you to upgrade to newer versions for free. If you are able to upgrade to a modern browser then we recommend that you do so.

As many people cannot upgrade, we aim to support as much functionality as possible in a legacy version but for technical reasons some elements may not be resolved correctly.

For more information see:

For more information and help about changing your browser settings please visit the BBC’s My web my way pages.

To learn more about web accessibility visit the RNIB Web Access Centre.