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Accessibility

We have aimed to create a web site that is available to everyone
We aim to use a web safe font so all text is easy to read
We have added alt tags for images to convey information
The navigation on our web site works in a consistent way
We do not rely on just colour as the only way of giving information
We avoid the use of images of text wherever possible, and provide equivalent text links that consist of images

Here are some suggestions to make our site easier to use:

Enlarging text on the site

(Internet Explorer 9)

Make everything on a webpage easier to see by zooming in, or enlarging the whole page including images and text. You can zoom from 10% to 1000%. To change the zoom level, on the bottom right of the Internet Explorer screen, click the arrow next to the Change Zoom Level button. Or, to quickly zoom using the keyboard, Press CTRL + PLUS SIGN (+) to zoom in, or CTRL + HYPHEN (-) to zoom out.

You can also change the size your webpage is displayed using the Tools menu in Internet Explorer 9. You can select a size option for each webpage you open. To access this option, click the Tools icon in Internet Explorer 9, then select, Zoom, and then select the size option you want.

(Google Chrome)

In order to increase or decrease the zoom level of the currently displayed web page, you can use either the keyboard shortcuts (see table below) or access ‘Zoom->Larger/Normal/Smaller’ in the Chrome Page menu.

 Shortcut     Action 
 Ctrl++  Increase zoom level.
 Ctrl+-  Decrease zoom level.
 Ctrl+0  Set zoom level to default level

(Firefox)

  • Select View from the top browser menu
  • Select 'text size'
  • Increase or decrease the size of text as required

Changing the text and/or colour on the site

(Internet Explorer 9)

To make webpages easier to see, you can change the font type and size, and the foreground and background colors that are used to display webpages. You can also specify the color used for links in webpages, and override colors used on webpages.

To make these changes, select Internet Options from the Tools menu in Internet Explorer 9 

Then, select one of the buttons at the bottom of the dialog box:

Fonts—to change the font type and size used on webpages.
Colors—to change the font colors used on webpages.
Accessibility—to make Internet Explorer ignore colors, font styles and font sizes used on webpages, or to format webpages using your own stylesheet.

(Google Chrome)

There are a number of steps you can take to configure Chrome to run with custom contrast and colors:

Install a Chrome Extension which allows you to specify your own custom color combinations, for instance the Change Colors extension.

  • Quick page action to apply/remove styling overrides on a per page, per domain or global basis (overriding Web page colors)
  • Optional background, text, links and visited links color configuration
  • Option for showing/hiding images
  • Option for showing/hiding Flash objects

Use a Chrome Theme for some control of the color scheme of the Chrome user interface. As an example, the BitNova Dark theme offers white text on a black background. The Chrome Extensions Gallery offers many other themes, with a variety of color combinations.

(Firefox)

  • Select Tools from the top menu then select 'Options'
  • On the General tab, select 'Content'
  • Select the font required from the drop down list
  • To change the colour select 'Colours'
  • Deselect the 'Use System Colours' tick box
  • Select the box next to 'Background' and choose a colour
  • Click on 'OK'

Changing the size of the window of the site

(Internet Explorer 6)

  • Select View from the top browser menu then select 'Full screen' or press F11

(Internet Explorer 7)

  • Select Tools from the top right hand browser menu then select 'Full screen' or press F11

(Firefox)

  • Select View from the top browser menu then select 'Full screen' or press F11

Changing the colour of links displayed on a screen

(Internet Explorer 6)

  • Select Tools from the browser menu then select 'Internet Options'
  • On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
  • Click on 'Select ignore colours specified on Web pages' (should contain a tick) - Click 'OK
  • 'Select 'General' tab and click on 'Colour
  • Turn off the 'Use hover colours' tick box (should not contain a tick)
  • Select 'Visited' and choose the colour that suits you best, Click OK
  • Select 'Not Visited' and choose the colour that suits you best, Click OK
  • Select 'OK' for 'Colours
  • 'Select 'OK' for 'Internet Options'

(Internet Explorer 7)

  • Select Tools from the top browser menu then select 'Internet Options
  • 'On the General tab, select 'Accessibility
  • 'Click on 'Select ignore colours specified on Web pages' (should contain a tick) - Click 'OK
  • 'Select 'General' tab and click on 'Colour
  • Turn off the 'Use hover colours' tick box (should not contain a tick)
  • Select 'Visited' and choose the colour that suits you best, Click OK 
  • Select 'Not Visited' and choose the colour that suits you best, Click OK
  • Select 'OK' for 'Colours' Select 'OK' for 'Internet Options'

(Firefox)

  • Select Tools from the top menu then select 'Options'
  • On the General tab, select 'Content'
  • Select 'Colours'
  • Select the box next to 'Unvisited links and visited links' and choose a colour
  • Click on 'OK' 

Screen Readers and Voice Recognition

(Internet Explorer 9)

Customize Internet Explorer 9 to work with a screen reader or voice recognition software.


Internet Explorer 9 has several options you can use to make your screen reader function more effectively. On the Advanced tab under Internet Options, select options under Accessibility, Browsing, and Multimedia.

Site Map

We have provided a sitemap as an overview of what is on the site. This provides quick links to areas of the web site.

Searching the web site

A search facility appears at the top of each page. To get the best results search using a key word or phrase.

Standards

This site has been built in using the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, however these guidelines are continually changing and therefore some pages at certain times may not validate. We will aim to keep the site as up to date as possible.

Layout

The site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control all of the presentation and layout. Tables are only used for presenting data.

Content

The content has been written and formatted to make it accessible. For example:

  • Headings highlight sections of text
  • Links use meaningful text
  • Forms can be navigated using the tab key

Contact Us

We are continually working to improve the accessibility of our web site, if you should experience any difficulties or have any comments please contact us explaining the problems you have encountered.

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