2.2 All accessible alternative content MUST be updated in line with and at the same time as the original content.
2.3 You MUST provide an appropriate text equivalent for each non-text element of the core content. See the Textual Equivalents Standard.
2.4 Where the language in the document changes (e.g. from English to Welsh), you MUST indicate this with a tag containing a Lang attribute.
2.5 All text of more than two lines MUST be left aligned (if published language is naturally ranged left e.g. English), except for tabular data and where the formatting is integral to the meaning of the text, e.g. poetry.
2.6 You SHOULD use plain language and avoid jargon.
2.7 You SHOULD divide large blocks of information into manageable chunks e.g. use short paragraphs.
2.8 Lines SHOULD NOT be longer than 70 characters (for the browser default font setting) including the spaces in between words, except:
2.9 You SHOULD specify the expansion of each abbreviation or acronym in a document where it first occurs.
3.1 Editorial content MUST make sense without reference to images or diagrams UNLESS the subject matter can only be displayed via images (e.g. a 'spot the difference' game).
3.2 You MUST provide redundant text links for each active region of an image map.
3.3 You MUST provide alt text for all editorially significant images. See Text Equivalents standard.
3.4 Instructional images SHOULD make sense without text, e.g. a user must be able to follow a set of diagrammatical instructions without the help of a text explanation.
3.5 You MAY support instructions with diagrams.
3.6 Where appropriate, you SHOULD use pictures and symbols in addition to text.
3.7 You SHOULD support your "calls to action" with icons.
3.8 You SHOULD ONLY use symbols (e.g. < or >) in content for their semantic use (rather than, for example, using >> as a fast forward button).
3.9 All links to video content SHOULD be accompanied by an image that encapsulates what the programme is or is about.
4.1 You MUST provide consistent navigation.
4.2 You MUST clearly define the different sections of the page and ensure consistent location of screen objects.
4.3 You MUST NOT create periodically auto-refreshing pages in their default state, i.e. you can allow an opt-in auto-refresh.
4.4 You MUST NOT break browser back button functionality.
4.5 Page layout MUST accommodate the enlarging of text. Users MUST be able to resize text (with the exception of captions and images of text) by 200% without the use of assistive technologies.
4.6 You MUST NOT open a new window from an existing browser by any mechanism UNLESS this is a small window (aka pop-up) to contain a media player. You MUST conform to the XHTML Integrity Standard.
4.7 Due to accessibility concerns you MUST NOT use CAPTCHAs on bbc.co.uk without first discussing this with the Editor, Standards & Guidelines.
4.8 All text based content SHOULD be published on a plain solid background.
5.1 Audio and video content MUST NOT autoplay UNLESS the users knows this is going to happen.
5.2 You SHOULD provide subtitles/captions that can be turned off and on for AV content (including AV content featured in interactive features or games), unless you have evidence that the business costs are a risk to the success of the project’s fruition.
6.1 Forms MUST conform to the Semantic Markup standard.
6.2 Forms MUST be navigable using the keyboard.
6.3 You MUST provide a ‘submit’ button for all forms. You MAY use an image to perform this function but if you do you MUST provide alt text for this image.
6.4 You SHOULD provide input assistance to help users avoid and correct mistakes.
6.4.1 When an input error is automatically detected, the item that is in error SHOULD be identified and the error described.
6.4.2 When an input error is automatically detected and suggestions for correction are known, then the suggestions SHOULD be provided to the user UNLESS it would jeopardize the security or purpose of the content.
Further guidance can be found on the following websites:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.
7.1 All downloadable documents including PDFs MUST be made available in alternative accessible formats, either HTML or Text.
7.2 All PDFs MUST comply with the PDF Accessibility Guidelines.
|25/10/2010||v1.9||Complete overhaul.||Ed Lee|
|23/06/2010||v1.8||Addition of clause 6.10, CAPTCHAs.||Ed Lee|
|13/06/2010||v1.7||Reviewed in line with WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Addition of clauses 3.10, 6.4 and 10.3 and other minor changes.||Ed Lee|
|30/12/2009||v1.6||Minor change to clause 10.2 allowing use of images as submit buttons, if appropriate alt text is included.||Ed Lee|
|18/05/2009||v1.5||Edited clause 6.6 for clarity. The use of new windows and pop-ups is restricted to the presentation of media players only.||Ed Lee|
|18/03/2009||v1.4||Added clause 3.9 requiring use of HTML text buttons. Edited clause 6.6 restricting the use of new windows and pop-ups to the presentation of media players only. Added clause 8.1 requiring that A/V content does not autoplay unless announced as such.||Ed Lee|
|24/06/2008||v1.3||Added links to related information about developing accessible forms. Minor changes to clause 8.1, to further define subtitling/captioning for AV content.||Victoria Jolliffe|
|19/03/2007||v1.1||Minor changes agreed in the work group to clarify section 3.1 and 3.1.2, as amended by Tech Forum on 15/03/2007||Tred Magill, Gareth Ford Williams|
|06/12/2006||v1.0||Changes agreed in Tech Forum. Delete section 12 except for 12.1, 12.5. Also delete sections 13, 5.2, 11.2. Amend 10.1, 3.4.||Tred Magill|
|30/11/2006||v0.9||First draft to replace Accessibility checklist||Gareth Ford Williams, Lucy Dodd, Nick Holmes|
|22/09/2006||V 1.1||Editorial sign-off of editorial standards, from Head Editorial Affairs.||Tred Magill/Gareth Ford-Williams|
|30/08/06||V 1.1 (draft)||Inclusion of editorial standards recommended by work group.||Gareth Ford-Williams|
|13 /06/06||V 1.0||Merged recommendations of Technical and Design Forum, renamed version v 1.0.||Tred Magill|
|June 06||V 0.4||Approved by Technical Forum on 15/06/2006 and Design Forum on 30/06/2006.||Gareth Ford Williams|
|June 06||V 0.3||Amendments to make accessibility rules mandatory, as recommended by WG||Gareth Ford Williams|
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