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Accessibility

Introduction
How to get the most accessible browsing experience
     Changing colours
     Downloading documents
     Images
     Links
     Mobile devices
     Navigate without a mouse
     Older versions of our website
     Printing pages
     Skip to content
     Text size
     Videos
     Visual design
If you need extra help
Let us know if you are having difficulties

Introduction

We are committed to ensuring that our website and online resources are accessible to everyone, no matter what their ability.

Our website aims to conform to these web and accessibility standards and guidelines:

Read our website accessibility policy (PDF 138KB).

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How to get the most accessible browsing experience

Changing colours

We have mainly used colours that make the webpages easy to read. You can, however, change the website's background colour and the colour of body text in your browser or operating system. For instructions please visit the BBC's 'My Web My Way' pages on How to change text and background colours.

Colour contrast

We try to ensure that the colours used on our website meet the minimum contrast requirements in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

The contrast ratio for normal text is 7:1 and for larger text 4.5:1 in the WCAG AAA success criteria.

On our website colour is never used as the only visual means of conveying information or indicating an action.

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Downloading documents

PDF and Word documents are used across the website to complement content when needed.

The majority of our PDF documents have accessible structures with bookmarks, page tagging, and image alternative text. If you find a PDF document on this website that is not accessible and you need it in an accessible format, please email webmaster@bbsrc.ac.uk.

To view PDF documents, you may need to install additional software:

To view Word documents, you may need to install additional software:

Where document downloads are available on our website, the link text will indicate what type of file it is as well as the file size. Link text displays in this format: "Document title (File type file size)", for example "Accessibility policy (PDF 259KB)". Documents open in a new window.

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Images

All images on this website are accompanied by brief alternative text which describes the image or its function. The alternative text (ALT text) is generally only visible when the browser's automatic image loading feature is turned off.

Images that are used for design or layout purposes do not have descriptions.

Image galleries

Our image galleries use JavaScript. If you do not have JavaScript or if you have JavaScript turned off you can still view our images. If you use a keyboard for navigation, please ensure JavaScript is turned off before browsing the image gallery.

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Links

We try to name all links clearly and descriptively so that they are comprehensible when read or listed out of context.

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BBSRC website responsive design on desktop, tablet and mobile devices
How our website displays on a desktop computer, tablet and mobile device.

Mobile devices

Over recent years we have seen an increase in the number of users visiting our website from mobile devices. Our website has a responsive layout which optimises viewing across a range of devices from desktop computer monitors to tablets and mobile phones. Webpage content scales according to device to provide easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling.

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Navigate without a mouse

To navigate through links on an individual web page you can use the 'Tab' key on a keyboard. To go to a specific part of the website without using a mouse you can use access keys.

How to use access keys

Our website supports the following access keys:

To activate access keys you need to use them in combination with other keys depending on your web browser and operating system. See below for instructions for common browsers and operating systems:

Firefox 2+

Google Chrome 2+

Internet Explorer 6 and 7

Internet Explorer 8+

Opera

Safari 3

Safari 4+

Using access keys with screen readers

Users with recent versions of screen readers can navigate using the following keystrokes:

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Older versions of our website

Our website is archived in its entirety by The National Archives. Previous versions are available via http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/*/http:/www.bbsrc.ac.uk/.

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Printing pages

Use your browser's print function to print our website content. The pages have been set up to print without the page navigation elements.

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Skip to content
The 'Skip to content' link appears above our logo.

Skip to content

To make it easier and faster to get to the page content we have added a link that lets you skip past the navigation and land on the beginning of the content on the page.

The 'Skip to content' link appears when tabbing onto our website with a keyboard, or when viewing a list of webpage links via a screen reader.

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Text size

You can customise text size through your browser settings.

In Microsoft Internet Explorer:

In Firefox:

In Chrome:

In Safari:

In Opera:

Further information on increasing the text size can be found on the BBC's 'My Web My Way' website: How to make your text larger.

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Videos

Our videos are hosted on YouTube and embedded in pages on this website.

The video player uses JavaScript to pull in videos from YouTube. If you do not have JavaScript or if you have JavaScript turned off you will not be able to watch our videos. However, we provide video transcripts which are linked to directly below the YouTube video player. If a video transcript is missing please contact us webmaster@bbsrc.ac.uk.

You may also wish to view our video and audio help.

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Visual design

We use cascading stylesheets (CSS) for the visual layout of our website. If your browser or browsing device does not support CSS, or if you turn CSS off in your browser, you should still be able to read the content of each page.

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If you need extra help

For more information and a comprehensible guide explaining the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible to you, please visit the BBC’s My Web My Way pages.

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Let us know if you are having difficulties

Whilst we have tried to ensure this website is accessible, you may encounter some limitations. Some content may be technical or scientific in nature and may require further understanding.

If you have any difficulty viewing the content or are experiencing problems accessing areas of our website, please email webmaster@bbsrc.ac.uk.

For advice on what to include in your email, read guidance from the Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C: Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites.

We will make every effort to resolve any issues.

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Last updated: September 2013