bdi recognises and values the provision of information on this website in a format which is accessible to all, regardless of ability or disability.
This website therefore sensibly and practically adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C, the web’s governing body).
The site is developed using valid HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS). Our site content is separated from presentational elements, which makes it available to any visitors that use technologies such as a screen reader or text only browser.
What is an accessible website?
An accessible site is one that helps the full range of users to browse information. We have designed for accessibility meaning we acknowledge there is:
- No standard information user
- No standard device for browsing information
An accessible website does not exclude anybody due to:
- Their abilities
- The method they choose to access the web
The WCAG list of checkpoints to ensure websites are designed properly include:
- Images have alternative text (so if you can’t see the image you can still read the text).
- Colour contrast between foreground and background is sufficiently strong.
- Text re-sizes according to user preference.
- Headings are correctly used (they’re not just ordinary text made to look big and bold).
- Links make sense by themselves (e.g. no instances of links that just say “Click here” or “More…”).
- Tables are used for laying out tabular information and have proper headings and summaries.
- Visual presentation is defined in ‘stylesheets’ and is not embedded in the pages.
Change text size
The keyboard method to zoom text content requires you to press Control plus or minus on your keyboard on a PC, or Command plus or minus on a Mac. You may also use your browser settings to change the text size for all the websites that you visit. The technique for doing this is slightly different depending on the browser that you use:
- Google Chrome: Select one of the ‘Text Zoom’ options in the ‘Customise and control Google Chrome’ menu
- Internet Explorer 9: Select ‘Settings’, then one of the options under ‘Zoom’
- Internet Explorer 7/8: Select the ‘Page’ menu, then one of the options under ‘Zoom’ or ‘Text Size’
- Mozilla Firefox: Select the ‘View’ menu, then ‘Zoom’, then one of the options
- Opera: Select the ‘View’ menu, then one of the ‘Zoom’ percentage options
For those familiar with the WCAG, we have aimed for AA compliance, but have not adhered to some checkpoints that are no longer relevant or have been demonstrated to hinder accessibility.
If you have any problems with the accessibility of this site or suggestions for improvement then please get in touch.
If you have a vision impairment then we recommend that you visit the RNIB website for specialist advice such as alternative screen readers, screen magnifiers and other devices that are available and can make using a computer easier and more enjoyable.
We also recommend visiting AbilityNet’s My Computer My Way web site which provides a wealth of advice on making your computer accessible.
Speech-enabling this web site
Browsealoud is software that will read this web site out to you and highlight words as they are read out. It is available for Mac and PC and you can download it from the Browsealoud web site.