Use of Web standards

This website has been designed so as to give as much help as possible to all users, including those with visual impairment or other disability: we also intend to offer all the support we can to users' varying computer setups.

To that end, we have tried to ensure that the site will work fully using both PC and Mac, in a wide range of browsers.

Browsers supported

  • Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6 and 7, Firefox 3 and Safari 3 in Windows on PC
  • Safari 3, Firefox 3 and Opera 9 on the Mac

Users of earlier browsers may not enjoy a full experience of the site, which has been built using code and stylesheets that conform to the recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

code validation from the W3C

Such users are advised to obtain the latest versions of their chosen browser from the IE Microsoft site, the Firefox download page, Apple's Safari download or the Opera website. The performance benefits you will gain will not be limited to this website : many modern sites will operate much better following a similar upgrade.

No external plug-ins (such as Flash, RealPlayer or Acrobat Reader) are needed to view any of this site’s content.


General issues

This site has been checked and found to be error-free using the online WAVE service of WebAIM, a recognised body promoting accessibility online. Javascript is not needed to view any of the content.

Visual disability

In order to support users with impaired vision including colour deficiency and complete blindness, the following steps were taken in the course of designing this site :

  • All colours used pass the W3C’s criteria for providing sufficient contrast for readers with some visual deficit (see WCAG link) and the pages have been tested to ensure that those with colour-blindness or achromacy should still be able not only to read text but also to identify additional information such as the presence of hyperlinks.
  • A standard hidden skip link has been provided on each page so that users of speaking browsers will be able to skip over repetitive page navigation.
  • Text scaling is fully enabled for all the browsers supported.

More Information

Most browsers have options allowing you to choose the text and background colours you prefer when viewing Web pages. You can use these options to make the text more legible if you find certain colour combinations difficult to read.

The BBC’s My Web My Way ( is an authoritative resource on accessibility : it gives detailed help on making changes to your browser, operating system or computer to experience Web sites in a more accessible way.

Note: Joanna Jeffery and Richard Seager are not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained on the BBC’s My Web My Way site.