Accessibility

We have made every effort to make our website accessible and easy to use for everyone and have added the world-leading digital inclusion software, Browsealoud, to our website – making our content more accessible with reading and translation support.

Try it out – it’s free!

Click on the Read or translate this page button in the top left of the screen – this will then launch the Browsealoud support toolbar. Then simply click on any text to hear it read out loud.

Browsealoud is a free speech enabler download that enables you to listen to rather than read our website content. It can be useful for people who may:

  • Have reading or literacy difficulties
  • Not be fluent in English as it is not their first language
  • Have Dyslexia
  • Have mild visual impairment
  • Just find it easier to listen, rather than read

Browsealoud offers a host of reading and translation support –

  • text-to-speech: click on or select any text to hear it read aloud
  • translation: written and spoken translations in multiple languages
  • text magnification: enlarges text and reads it out loud
  • mp3 generation: converts selected text into an MP3 audio file
  • screen mask: blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask
  • web page simplifer: removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text
  • settings: customise options to suit individual needs or preferences

All the features are accessed from an easy-to-use, floating toolbar – allowing you to drag and drop it anywhere on screen. All you need to do to install this free software is visit https://www.browsealoud.com/page.asp and follow the simple step-by-step guide. (Note: Browsealoud is only a text reader and should not be confused with screen reading software for the blind. This is because it requires some degree of vision and the ability to move the mouse pointer.

 

Additional help…

Downloading documents from our website
Throughout our website you will see links to our documents which you can open, or download onto your computer. We have converted the majority of documents on our website to PDF (portable document format). This means you will be able to read these documents if you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer regardless of the software you use to create your own documents. Adobe Reader is the name of the free software that can open PDF documents. If it is not already installed on your computer you will need to download Adobe Reader and follow the instructions to install this software.

Other document formats
You may come across other documents on our website which are in Microsoft Word format. If you do not have Microsoft Word on your computer we recommend installing the Word mobile app or storing documents in OneDrive or Dropbox, where Word Online opens them in your browser.

The BBC’s My web, my way
My web my way is part of the BBC website and provides advice and help on how to get the most of the accessibility features and assistive technologies available for your computer, so that you can view the web in a more accessible way. There are How to guides that show you how to customise the accessibility features of your computer setup or web browser. Also included are factsheets that introduce the range of assistive technologies that are available.

We have made every effort to make our website accessible and easy to use for everyone. Our website conforms to level Double-A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, which is the highest level of web accessibility.

Maintaining an accessible website is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer a user friendly experience.

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