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Accessibility

Access Keys:

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on a web site. On Windows, you can press ALT and an access key followed by Enter; on Macintosh, you can press Control and an access key. An access key is simply one of the number keys on your keyboard, usually along the top between the function keys and the letter keys.

  • Access key 0 - Accessibility statement (this page)
  • Access key 1 - Home page
  • Access key 3 - Site map
  • Access key 5 - Contact us

Navigation Aids:

All pages on this site have a tab order defined. Pressing the tab key will cycle through the following items: logo, navigation menu items, links in main content.

 

Optimise the way you view your web browser
  • Change your browser settings to: 

    · alter the size and colour of text (not images) 
    · alter background colours 
    · alter line length by changing the browser window size and shape 
    · override web page colour schemes

The following suggestions to improve the visibility of web pages will apply to any site that you visit. However, you may find that not all pages within a site are compatible. The images on the screen will not be affected. These instructions have been tested with Internet Explorer version 5 and Netscape version 4.7 

For Microsoft Internet Explorer

To apply the font and colour changes below permanently:

· on the 'Tools' menu, click 'Internet Options' 
· on the 'General' tab, click on 'Accessibility' 
· click in each of the three boxes to show ticks 
· click 'OK' .

Text with a sans serif font (such as Arial) is easier to read than a serif font (such as Times New Roman). 

To change the text font: 

· on the 'Tools' menu, click 'Internet Options' 
· on the 'General' tab, click 'Fonts' 
· in the 'Web page font' and 'Plain text font' lists 
· choose the fonts you would like to use 
· click 'OK'.

To enlarge the text: 

· on the 'Tools' menu, click 'Internet Options' 
· on the 'General' tab, click 'Accessibility' 
· tick the 'Ignore font sizes specified on web pages' check box 
· click 'OK' 
· on the 'Browser' menu click 'View' 
· click 'Text size' 
· choose the size of text. 

Combinations of fonts, typefaces and background colours used in web page design may result in text being difficult to read. However, you can choose settings to suit you. For example black text on a yellow background gives a distinct contrast.

To change the text colour and background colour: 

· on the 'Tools' menu, click 'Internet Options' 
· on the 'General' tab, click 'Colours' 
· deselect the 'Use Windows Colours' tick box 
· select the box next to 'Text' and choose a colour. Click 'OK'. 
· select the box next to 'Background' and choose a colour. Click 'OK'. 

To prevent graphics from appearing on web pages: 

· under 'Tools' , click 'Internet Options' 
· on the 'Advanced' tab, scroll down to the 'Multimedia' heading 
· click on the graphics options ('animations', 'videos', 'pictures' and 'images') to remove the ticks 
· click on 'Apply', and then click on 'OK'. 
· if graphics still appear, select 'View' then 'Refresh' from the toolbar, or press F5.

To change the size of the window: 

· click 'View' then 'Full Screen' from the toolbar, or press F11. 

There are other options to tailor web pages that help make them easier to read. These may be found under the 'Tools' menu: 

· click on 'Internet Options' 
· select the 'Advanced' tab 
· choose from the options available to improve visibility. 

 

For Netscape Communicator

To make any changes to your browser settings, you should first open the 'Preferences' box by clicking on 'Edit' and selecting 'Preferences'. 
You may then choose to make any of the changes listed below. 

To change the text font: 

· click on 'Appearance' 
· click 'Font' 
· choose the 'Variable Width Font' and 'Fixed Width Font' you want to use 
· click 'OK'. 

If you want to set these fonts for all future usage on your browser, click on 'Use my default fonts overriding document specified fonts'. 

To change the text and background colours: 

· click on 'Appearance' 
· click 'Colours' 
· select the box next to 'Text' and choose a colour 
· click 'OK' 
· select the box next to 'Background' and choose a colour 
· click 'OK' 
· click 'OK' to close 'Preferences'. 

To set these colours as your browser default, click on 'Always use my colours, overriding document'. 

To prevent images from loading on web pages: 

· select 'Advanced' 
· click in the box marked 'Automatically load images' to remove the tick 
· click 'OK'. 

For further assistance in changing your browser settings, there is also a 'Help' menu on your browser toolbar. Please refer to this for further information. 

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