Accessibility statement for forum

We want everyone who visits the forum website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

What are we doing?

To help us make the forum website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the forum website.

How are we doing?

We’ve worked hard on the forum website and believe we’ve achieved our goal of Level AA accessibility. We monitor the website regularly to maintain this, but if you do find any problems, please get in touch.

Let us know what you think

If you enjoyed using the forum website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you in any of the following ways:

This accessibility statement was generated on 17th January 2018 using the Accessibility Statement Generator.

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We have included a number of features that are detailed below.

Clear language

We aim to explain things as clearly as possible using simple language that you can understand.

Images and alt tags

Where images are used we have added text alternatives in ALT tags. This means you will still know what the image is meant to convey if it doesn’t load, you are browsing with images switched off or you are using assistive technology such as a screen reader.

Videos

Wherever relevant, we will include subtitles and captions in our online videos. We use YouTube to host videos, which has a number of accessibility features, including the ability to increase the size and language of the subtitles.

Documents

Most of the documents published on our website are PDF (portable document format) files. PDFs are accessed using a PDF file viewer such as Adobe Reader which is free to download.

Sometimes we are required to publish a document in another format such as Excel CVS for open data. In such cases we also publish a PDF version of the file.

Resizable text

Follow the steps below to alter the font size and make it easier to read.

Internet Explorer

  • select view from the menu at the top of your browser window
  • then text size from the menu
  • choose the size you require

Chrome

  • on your keyboard hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key to make the text larger. Use the minus (-) key to make the text smallerOR
  • select the menu button on the browser toolbar
  • then settings
  • select show advanced settings
  • in the web content section, use the font size dropdown to make adjustments

Firefox

  • on your keyboard hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key to make the text larger. Use the minus (-) key to make the text smallerOR
  • right click top bar and select menu bar. The menu bar should appear
  • select view on the menu bar
  • then zoom
  • choose zoom text only
  • then select view menu
  • select zoom
  • choose zoom in to make the text larger or zoom out to make the font smaller

Apple Safari (All versions)

  • on your keyboard hold down the Apple key and press the plus (+) key to make the text larger. Use the minus (-) key to make text smallerOR
  • select view to highlight the menu bar
  • press the right arrow key to open the view dropdown menu
  • tick zoom text only
  • choose zoom in to make the text larger or zoom out to make the font smaller (in older versions of Safari you need to choose make text bigger or make text smaller)

Assistive technology

We encourage our users to customise their own computer with assistive technologies to suit their individual needs. For example you may like to change the colour scheme or have the site content spoken to you. If you are not sure how to do this we recommend you visit BBC My Web, My Way.

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