Accessibility

While we make every attempt to ensure you get the most out of this website, you may find you can improve your browsing experience by altering particular browser settings and following the below advice.

Safari

To change the text size: Click on the page icon to the right of the address bar to Control the current page. Use the ‘Make Text Bigger’ and ‘Make Text Smaller’ menu items. Alternatively you can use keyboard shortcuts ‘Ctrl’ + ‘+’ or ‘Ctrl’ + ‘-‘ to increase or decrease the text size (‘Apple’ + ‘+’ or ‘Apple’ + ‘-‘ for Mac users) ‘Ctrl’ + ‘0’ returns the text size to normal (‘Apple’ + ‘0’ for Mac users).

Google Chrome

To zoom the screen (this will make text and images larger): Go the ‘View’ menu. Then select ‘Zoom’. Then select ‘Larger’, ‘Normal’ or ‘Smaller’. Alternatively you can use keyboard shortcuts ‘Ctrl’ + ‘+’ or ‘Ctrl’ + ‘-‘ to zoom in or out ‘Ctrl’ + ‘0’ returns the text size to normal

Internet Explorer

To Zoom the screen (this will make text and images larger): Use keyboard shortcuts ‘Ctrl’ + ‘+’ or ‘Ctrl’ + ‘-‘ to zoom in or out

Firefox

To change the text size: Click on ‘View’ in the top menu toolbar. Then select ‘Text Size’ or ‘Text Zoom’. Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts ‘Ctrl’ + ‘+’ or ‘Ctrl’ + ‘-‘to increase or decrease the text size (‘Apple’ + ‘+’ or ‘Apple’ + ‘-‘ if you are using a Mac). ‘Ctrl’ + ‘0’ returns the text size to normal (‘Apple’ + ‘0’ if you are using a Mac).   When in doubt, check your browsers built-in documentation.

Further Help

If your browser isn’t covered here, or you would like more in-depth information, visit My Web my Way, an online guide that explains the various accessibility features provided by your web browser.

Assistive Technology

There are a number of different softwares available to help people use websites. Below are just a few examples.

NVDA: free open-source screen reader

iZoom: screen magnifier [Windows 2000 and higher only].

Online Lynx Viewer: online text browser Lynx.

JAWS screen reader: download a free trial copy of the screen reader Jaws . Magic screen magnification: information on screen magnification software.

Features of the Site

Descriptive link text:

When the author of a site uses descriptive link text, all links on the page will make sense even when read out of context. For users of assistive technology (e.g. screen-readers) this can allow them to quickly jump through pages of text to find relevant links.

Meaningful ALT attribute on images:

Most images on this site contain additional ‘alternate’ text that is stored with the image. This allows users who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see the image access to the stored information. Although this can help users of assistive technology [e.g. Screen-readers], this also applies to visitors who disable images because of a slow internet connection. Any image that is considered purely decorative will have a blank alternate text [e.g. alt=””]. This reduces the amount of unnecessary content on the page.

Adobe Acrobat and Accessibility:

This site uses Adobe Reader to display PDF documents. If you have trouble using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe also provides advise on how to configure your Reader, and a free download of the Accessible Adobe Reader. For more information visit the Adobe website Acrobat accessibility section.