A woman wearing reading glasses and using a computer

Matt Wright

Ensuring everyone can access our web content

The British Council is committed to providing websites that can be accessed by all.

We strive to maintain good levels of accessibility on our websites through the following techniques:

  • building the site using standards-compliant HTML and CSS.
  • ensuring that all of our webpage content is structured in a logical manner using informative headings and labels where relevant.
  • providing consistent navigation across our sites
  • ensuring all of our content managers are fully trained in producing ¬†accessible content (for example, providing appropriate alternative texts and descriptive links, and not having any instructions that rely on visual elements), and rigorously checking all content after it has been created.
  • allowing users to be in control of moving content.

A recent accessibility audit of the site showed that there are a small number of page components which cannot be accessed without a mouse, or with the use of a screen reader. These issues are being worked on as a priority.

In addition to carrying out accessibility testing on our sites, we will be carrying out testing with disabled users on an ongoing basis in order to continuously assess and improve the experience of our sites with all users.

If you have any problems using our website, or wish to comment on the accessibility, please contact us.