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Accessibility features


We have provided consistent global navigation links and most pages on the site contain a search box. Markup and headings This website has been built to modern web standards using valid XHTML and CSS. We have used headings properly to help assistive technology users browse the page content.

Screen reader users

Modern screen readers use a common set of commands allowing you to navigate through a page using the headings.

Keyboard help

Use the up and down cursor keys to listen to this document. This is all about using the keyboard and not the mouse. You need to see to be able to use the mouse.

Navigating the Microsoft windows system from the keyboard

  • The cursor keys speak words within documents, lists, radio button choices, and sliders.
  • The left Alt key and the cursor keys speak menu choices.
  • The TAB key moves about dialog boxes.
  • The Space Bar toggles checkboxes on or off.
  • The ENTER key confirms any choice you have made.
  • There are Microsoft Windows hotkeys indicated by an underscore beneath the appropriate letter, e.g., Alt plus F to bring up the File Menu.

What follows is a list of some key strokes to get you started:

  • Help key mode on/off = NKP 0
  • Punctuation level spoken = NKP 1
  • Read current line = Caps Lock + L
  • Read highlighted text = Caps Lock + H
  • Repeat last speech = Caps Lock + semicolon
  • Speak window name = SHIFT + Caps Lock + N
  • Stop speech till next keystroke = CTRL
  • New document = CTRL + N
  • Open file = CTRL + O or ALT + F then O
  • Print document = CTRL + P then ENTER or ALT + F then P
  • Save document = CTRL + S or ALT + F, then S
  • Spell Check in Microsoft Word = F7

To go to Screenreader Settings:

  • Hold down ALT and dab at the forward slash key, to the left of the right Shift Key
  • TAB to what you want to change, then press cursor up or down keys to change level or the Space Bar to check or uncheck a checkbox.

WebbIE list of hotkeys:

  • WebbIE is our text-based web browser. You can use WebbIE or Internet Explorer with Thunder.
  • Type your desired web address, e.g., and press ENTER.
  • Read the web page with the down cursor key.
  • If a line starts with the word “link”, press ENTER if you wish to follow that link.
  • Move between open web pages with alt-right or alt-left.
  • Crop webpage = Control + K
  • View links list = Control + L
  • Goto form = F6
  • Goto page headline = Control + H
  • Find on a webpage = Control + F
  • Find next on a webpage = F3
  • Google Search = Control + W

Browser support

The South Asia Archive supports the following browsers: IE 10, Chrome 26, FireFox 18, Safari 5, 6.

Online content

Our document content has been published in both HTML and accessible PDF formats. Secondary content has been provided as HTML where possible and accessible PDFs where not. If you are unable to open PDFs you can download Adobe reader for free. We have tried to avoid proprietary formats, such as Microsoft Word, which require paid-for software licenses.

Accessibility barriers

We are aware that some parts of this website are not as accessible as we would like. In some cases this is a result of legacy content, although we have tried to provide an accessible alternative where possible.

Accessibility standards

The South Asia Archive supports the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Certain areas of the site use third-party plug-ins and whilst we endeavor to pick plug-ins that are accessible, this is not always possible.

Other resources

The information on this page is specific to South Asia Archive. If you would like more information or help with web accessibility, the BBC website My Web, My Way is an excellent resource.

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