Accessibility features have been provided to help you find your way around the EDF Research Network website more easily and tailor it to suit your individual needs.


The EDF Research Network’s website has been developed to best practice coding conventions corresponding with guidelines stipulated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) and successfully XHTML 1.0 strict valid.

W3C Compliance

Access Keys:

Access keys have been incorporated into this site to allow you to navigate it more easily by using only the keyboard. These Access keys comply with standards developed by the UK Government insofar as possible.

Access keys for the EDF Research Network website are as follows:

0 Accessibility and Policy
1 Home Page
5 About Us
7 Contact Us
8 Terms and Conditions
9 Membership
S Skip Navigation

Instructions on how to use the access keys for the most popular Internet browser software are included below:

  • Windows /Internet Explorer: Alt [key number] Enter
  • Windows /Mozilla Firefox : Alt+Shift [key number]
  • Windows /Opera: Shift+Esc [key number]
  • Windows /Chrome: Alt [key number]
  • Windows /Safari: Alt [key number]
  • Macintosh /Internet Explorer: Ctrl [key number] Enter
  • Macintosh /Mozilla Firefox Ctrl [key number]
  • Macintosh /Opera: Shift+Esc [key number]
  • Macintosh /Chrome: Ctrl [key number]
  • Macintosh /Safari 3 Ctrl [key number]
  • Macintosh /Safari 4 Ctrl+Option [key number]
  • Linux /Galeon/Mozilla Firefox: Alt [key number]
  • Linux /Konqueror: Ctrl [key number]

Text Size:

Text size can be altered using the a– & A+ icons in the top right hand corner of the webpage. The text size can easily be restored to the default size using the Default icon, also in the top right hand corner.

Text size can also be altered by browser specific functions. Instructions are included below for ease of reference:

Internet Explorer:

View menu: select Text size and choose your preferred option.
Keyboard: press Ctrl and either + or – simultaneously.


View menu, select Zoom and select zoom in or zoom out.
Keyboard: press Ctrl and either + or – simultaneously.


View menu, select Text size and choose Make Text Bigger or Make Text Smaller.
Keyboard: press APPLE and either + or – simultaneously.


View menu, select Zoom and choose a magnification factor.
Keyboard: press either + or – .


Menu, select Text Zoom and choose a magnification factor.
Keyboard: press Ctrl and either + or – simultaneously.


All graphics placed using the <img> tag  on the website have Alt attributes to assist screen reading programmes. Alt attributes are hidden text giving an indication of what the graphic is.

Colour & Brightness:

Colour and brightness contrast between text and background is set to help facilitate easier accessibility and use.  The default colour scheme may be changed using the icons in the top right hand corner of the webpage.

Other accessibility features:

Navigating the site with the tab key: you can use the Tab key on your keyboard to move through the links on the page instead of clicking on a link with your mouse. Each link will in turn be surrounded by a thin line. Press Enter to follow the selected link.

Scroll up and down: the arrow keys on the keyboard can be used to scroll up and down the web page. The page up and down keys will also take you straight to the end of the page.

Spot the mouse pointer: in Windows, there is an option to have a circle surround your mouse pointer when you press the Control key.

  1. Click Start at the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click the Mouse icon (if it’s not showing, click Printers and other hardware first, then Mouse).
  4. Click the Pointer Options tab.
  5. Place a tick in the box next to ‘Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key’.
  6. Click OK to save and exit.

Further Information:

The Equality Act 2010 provides protection from discrimination on the grounds of disability. It stipulates that steps be taken to ensure the accessibility of information (chapter two). In line with this, and to facilitate access to this website for all users, we have incorporated the above functions. If you have suggestions for how we can make this website more accessible, please let us know by emailing

The BBC’s My Web My Way site provides accessibility help, enabling computer users to make the most of the internet whatever their ability or disability.