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From this section you can:

  • Read through the accessibility guidelines we work to on the forum

  • Find out how to toggle your forum view when writing a post, from a white background with black text, to a black background with grey text

  • Learn how to get extra assistance from your browser

  • Learn how to get extra assistance from your device.

1. Our accessibility guidelines

This forum has been built to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) international accessibility guidelines, WCAG 2.0.

Here are some of the key points included, in relation to the forum:

  • Site is primarily text-based and high-contrast

  • Site has a keyboard-friendly interface

  • Site uses a limited colour set, with limited images or symbols as navigation aids or primary content

  • Site uses modern HTML5 markup and accessible forms

  • Ability to toggle text editor (see below for details).

2. How to toggle your forum view

You are now able to toggle your view when writing a post. While the default view is a white background with black text, you are now able to change this to a black background with grey text, as you can see below. Follow the steps below to find out how to do it.

To get to this view, you’ll first need to select the expand icon, as indicated below, when creating a post.

Then, click the toggle icon, as indicated.

When you’ve finished writing your post, you can return to the previous screen by once again selecting the expand icon. You can then preview your post, save it as a draft, or post it straightaway to the forum.

3. Getting help from your browser

By adjusting some of the settings in your browser, you’re able to create a more tailored experience, suited to your personal requirements. Take a look at some of these help guides for each of the main browsers used.

Chrome | Firefox | Internet Explorer Safari

Not sure which browser you’re using? Here’s how you can find out.

4. Getting help from your device

Most devices will have accessibility options, not just for using the internet but for operating the device in general.

Follow the links below to read the help guides associated with some of the most popular operating systems. If you aren’t sure what operating system your mobile, tablet or desktop device uses, you can find this within your device's settings, or by visiting this website

If yours isn’t listed below, simply go to your device’s dedicated web page, or go to a search engine, and search for accessibility help.

Mobiles and tablets

iOS (iPhone, iPad) | Android | Windows | Kindle

Desktop computers and laptops

Mac OS X | Microsoft Windows 

For more help on accessibility, you may find the BBC website useful, which has plenty of guides available.



  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,661
    Hello GW Team, I am wondering whether it is possible to move the bottom button "Forum home" from the left hand side to the right hand side please. I have a permanently painful right shoulder joint and find it difficult to keep reaching across to the left hand side, even with a rubber stylus. I know I'm somewhat addicted to the forum and shouldn't use it for hours!   Many thanks.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Just a thought ... do you have a Home button on your laptop? (If that’s what you’re using). On mine it’s on the right hand side of the keyboard and takes me back up to the top of the page which ought to make things easier for you. 
    I too have shoulder problems ... 🙄 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Home and Forum Home go to different places. I think @Lizzie27 wants to use Forum Home to get back to the list of discussions, rather than just the top of the current page?
  • However ... in Firefox, under Windows7, Alt+left-arrow takes you back to the previous page, which might be what you want most of the time?
  •  :) what I was thinking was that getting up to the top of the page would take her to the green list of Categories, Recent discussions etc, which is also at the right of the page so should be accessible for her. 

    However, as you say the Firefox Previous Page shortcut might be just what she needs 😀 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,661
    Thanks folks. DGM is right, I just need to return to Page 1 or 2 of the Discussions. My laptop is Windows 10 and I don't think I have Firefox - which is a browser?  I am trying to use my left hand but find it very laborious.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300
    Firefox easy enough to download, worth trying to see if it helps. I use it sometimes when Chrome refuses to oblige

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,631
    edited February 2019
    I use a Laptop with a wire less mouse and I also have shoulder problems, chronic tendonitis. With the mouse it's very easy to put the cursor on the "Forum home".
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523
    I also use a wireless mouse with my laptop.
    I am right handed but because using a mouse with my right hand caused my arthritis to flare up from all the slight movements I swapped to using it with my left hand.It was surprising how quickly I adapted to doing everything the 'wrong' way round!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Lizzie27 said:
     even with a rubber stylus.
    Hi Lizzie. Are you using a touchscreen laptop/tablet?
    I find the "Recent Posts" button easier to tap on than the "Forum Home" one. 
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