Last updated Jun 6, 2015
This page explains how we ensure that the UK Biobank website is usable and accessible to all users.
The website follows the international World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Standards. It therefore follows the globally recognised standards for ensuring websites are ‘Designed for all,’ and thereby accessible using the assistive technologies employed by many disabled surfers of the web. This includes meeting or surpassing the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, level AA, and incorporating relevant elements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
These Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, produced by the W3C, have been followed in the creation of the theme for this WordPress site.
This accessibility statement applies only to the UK Biobank website. It does not cover:
- aspects of the WordPress CMS not configurable by users of this software that may not be as accessible as we would otherwise strive to be
- other websites operated by or for any of our sponsors
- any other site that we link to from this website
Help with accessibility
For further help please see the BBC’s My Web My Way website which provides an excellent guide to making the most of the web using a range of assistive technologies.
Zoom and Text Size
All modern browsers include controls to zoom out and in, to help with reading what may seem like small text on your screen. ‘Ctrl +’ on a PC or ‘Cmd +’ on a Mac will enlarge the page for you. The minus symbol does the reverse.
Access keys and shortcuts
The UK Biobank website uses the Standard Access Keys 2014 standard. Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that allow you to go directly to specific parts of this site. They are very useful for anyone who does not use a pointing device, such as a mouse. The UK Biobank access keys are:
- k (access keys information)
- t (jump to top of page
- 1 (homepage)
- 3 (site map)
- 4 (search)
- 9 (feedback)
Note: access keys work slightly differently depending on the browser and computer that is used. Depending on what browser you are using access keys may be implemented in the following way:
- Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key, then press ENTER/RETURN.
- Chrome (Win): Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key
- Chrome (Mac): Hold down the ALT key and CTL key and select the number/letter of the access key
- Firefox (Win): Hold down the SHIFT and ALT keys and select the number/letter of the access key.
- Firefox (Mac): Hold down the CTL key and select the number/letter of the access key.
- Safari (Win): Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key.
- Safari (Mac): Hold down the CTL key and select the number/letter of the access key.
- Opera: Hold down the SHIFT and ESC keys and select the number/letter of the access key.