accessibility

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We want our website to be as accessible to you 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 Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).

User Friendly Design

We have recently relaunched the website and are actively looking for ways to improve its appearance and make it easier to use, following principles laid out by the WAI and the RNIB:
  • Designing the site for an 1024x768 view, in accordance with current statistics on screen resolution usage
  • Using meaningful ALT text so there is a descriptive alternative for all images
  • Using descriptive hyperlink text
  • Avoiding the use of frames, which are difficult for special browsers to display
  • Using an easier to read non-serif font type, size and colour
  • Using an easy-to-see web colour scheme
We endeavour to make sure that our site has useful content that is laid out in an easy-to-navigate way, thus catering for people who use speech readers.

Change Your Browser Settings

If you want to alter the way you view our website, from the size of text to the colour of hyperlinks, you can do so by using some of the options in your Internet Browser. To change settings on the latest version of Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer, follow the instructions for your browser type and version below. These settings should work on most websites but they won't affect images on the screen. If you have problems changing your settings, use the Help menu in your browser toolbar.

Internet Explorer Instructions

To permanently apply font and colour changes...
  • On the broswer menu, select Internet Options from the Tools menu (IE.7 - press ALT to show browser menu if not present)
  • General tab, select Accessibility
  • Click on the three boxes to show ticks
  • Click OK to enlarge text
  • On the browser Tools menu select Internet Options
  • On the General tab, select Accessibility
  • Tick the Ignore font sizes specified on web pages check box
  • Click OK
  • On the browser menu select View
  • Click Text size
  • Choose the size of text
To change text and background color...
  • On the browser Tools menu select Internet Options
  • On the General tab, select Colour
  • 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 and images appearing...
  • On the browser Tools menu select Internet Options
  • On the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Multimedia heading
  • Deselect the graphics options Animations, Videos, Pictures and Images by clicking on the boxes to remove the ticks
  • Click Apply then OK
To change the size of the window...
  • On the browser View menu select Full screen or press F11.
To change the colour of links displayed on a screen...
  • On the browser Tools menu 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 Colours
  • 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
    If you have any problems changing your browser settings, use the Help menu in your browser toolbar.

Firefox Instructions

To enlarge text...
  • Click on View in the main toolbar and select Text Size from the options
  • Click on the increase and decrease options to select your optimum text size
To remove formatting on a page...
  • Click on View in the main toolbar and select Page Style from the options
  • Click on No Style to remove all page formatting and create a text based page
  • To switch back to the original style, select Basic Page Style