Accessibility standards

This website 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.

Text size

The text on this website has been styled using a non-fixed value in a style sheet. This means that you can easily change the text size using your browser settings.

Browser compatibility

We also 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 (Netscape 4 and Internet Explorer 4 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.

For more information see:

Microsoft Internet Explorer (for Windows and for Mac)

Mozilla or Firefox (available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, OS/2, AIX, Solaris, HPUX, FreeBSD, OpenVMS)

Opera (available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, OS/2, Solaris, FreeBSD, QNX, Smartphones and PDAs)

Chrome (Windows [preview releases available for Mac OS X and Linux])

Safari (Mac OS X, Windows, iPhone)

Konqueror (Linux)

More help

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

If you have difficulty accessing the site or have any comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.