Accessibility Information

We have tried hard to work with our web designers to make this site as accessible as possible in line with our commitment to conform to good practice.

We are currently looking into the factors that are stopping us from delivering a fully accessible website and will continue to make improvements over time.

We’ll update this page with progress updates as and when they are delivered.

Contrast

We have added a high-contrast style sheet to the site, which covers the majority of the content on the main web site.

You can improve the contrast of this website by selecting the 'Change Contrast' link at the top of the page, or by pressing the access key and 'w' on your keyboard. To return to the normal contrast, select the 'Change Contrast' link again or press the access key and 'q' on your keyboard.

Keyboard access

You can use the following access keys on this site:
0 - Accessibility page
1 - Home page
Tab - Cycles through the menu items

Access keys for different browsers
The Biodiversity website's access keys vary depending on which internet browser you are using.

Google Chrome 3+
On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Firefox 2+
On Windows and Linux: hold down the ALT and SHIFT keys and the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR key and press the number of the access key.

Opera
On Windows and Macs: hold down the SHIFT and ESC keys and then press the number of the access key.

Internet Explorer
On Windows: hold down the ALT key and the number of the access key, then press ENTER.

Safari 3
On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR and OPT keys and press the number of the access key.

Safari 4+
On Windows: hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key.
On Macs: hold down the CTR key and press the number of the access key.

 

PDF documents

The PDF file format is a common internet file format (PDF stands for Portable Document Format). It is commonly used for government publications, leaflets and forms.

Viewing PDF files

To view a PDF file you have two options. You can download a program called Acrobat Reader and install it onto your computer. The program is available free of charge from the Adobe site.

The second option is to use an online PDF conversion tool. You can visit the Adobe website, type in the address of a PDF file and get it to translate the file into a more readable format while you wait. Or you can email the address of the file (or the file itself) to Adobe, and they will email a translation back. These translations of the files may not be as clearly formatted as the original PDF file.

Download Adobe Reader
Convert a PDF file online 

PDF files and browsers

You can configure your web browser to open PDF files either within the browser window or in Adobe Reader. There are detailed instructions on the Acrobat website on how to do so for different browsers.

Configure your browser for Adobe Reader 

Are PDF files accessible?

PDF file standards have improved over the years and have become more accessible through technologies like screen readers, navigation through the keyboard and enhanced screen viewing. The Adobe site provides information on how best to use these features. You may come across earlier versions of PDF files which are not so accessible.

Visit the Adobe 'accessibility resource centre' here.