Accessibility

We want our website to be accessible as possible. To make our website easy to view, we've designed it in accordance with guidelines laid down by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the RNIB. We also adhere to the W3C accessibility standards – http://www.w3.org/WAI/


Improving our design

We are always looking for ways to improve our website and making it easier to use. Our guidelines include:

- Designing the site for a 1024x768 view so horizontal scrolling is not required.
- Using meaningful ALT text for all images to provide descriptive text.
- Using descriptive hyperlink text.
- Avoiding the use of frames, which are difficult for special browsers to interpret.
- Using an easy to see web colour scheme.
- Using an easy to read non-serif font type, size and colour.

We are also working hard to make sure our site has useful content that is laid out in an easy to navigate way, taking into consideration people with speech readers.

Making your text bigger

To permanently enlarge the text in your internet browser follow the instructions for your browser type and version below.
If you have problems changing your settings, use the Help menu in your browser toolbar.

Internet Explorer (IE8 & IE7) instructions:
Click on View on your browser menu bar.
If you can't see the View bar, press Alt on your keyboard.
Scroll down to Zoom.
Select relevant percentage to choose the size of your text or customise your own.
You can also use control shift + or control shift – on your keyboards.
There is also a Zoom shortcut on the bottom right of Internet Explorer.

Firefox instructions:
Click on View on the browser menu bar.
Scroll down to Zoom.
From the options available you can zoom in or out of the whole page or you can choose to Zoom Text Only.
If you click Zoom Text Only, then you may have to go back into the View menu. Then, scroll down to Zoom, and then zoom in or out to make the text larger or smaller.

Or just use the keyboard shortcut:
Hold down <CTRL> and type "+" or "-" to increase or decrease the font size.
Select Normal or <CTRL> and 0 to return to the default text size.

Safari instructions:
Click on View in your Safari menu at the top of your screen.
When the drop-down menu appears, click on the option labelled Make Text Bigger or Make Text Smaller.
To increase/decrease the size again, repeat these steps.

Chrome instructions:
Depending on the webpage, zooming in or out may affect the page layout.
There are some limits to how large or small you can make the text.

Using the mouse to adjust text size:
Click the Control The Current Page button.
Select Text Zoom.
Select Larger or Smaller, or Normal to make text the default size.

Using your keyboard to adjust text size:
To make the web page text size larger: Ctrl + + on the numeric keypad (hold down Ctrl and press +), or Ctrl + = on the main keyboard

 


 

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