Accessibility

To make our website easy to view, we have designed it in accordance with guidelines set out by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Browsers

The website can be viewed across a wide range of browsers.

We recommend Microsoft Internet Explorer V9.0 and above or Firefox V3.0 or above to take full advantage of all our website’s facilities.

The site will also work with the Gecko based family of browsers including Mozilla.

The site is optimised for a screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Changing browser settings to suit you :-

Internet Explorer

Font size and colour
To ensure that website fonts and colours are optimised for accessibility:

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’

Changing font

Text in a font such as Arial is easier to read than one 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’

Enlarging 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 ‘View’ menu click ‘Text Size’
Choose the size of text

Changing font and background colours

As a result of the fonts, typefaces and background colours used in web page design, you may find some text difficult to read. You can however choose settings to suit you. A distinct contrast can be achieved using black text on a yellow background. To change the text and background colours:

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:

On the ‘Tools’ menu, 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’
Should 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 Firefox

To make any changes to your browser settings, you should first click the menu icon at the top right and select ‘Options’. You may then choose to make any of the changes listed below.

To change the text font:

Click on ‘Content’
Click ‘Default Font’ drop down and select the font you want to use.
Click the ‘Size’ and ‘select the default font size you want to use

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 ‘Content’
Click ‘Colours’
Select the box next to ‘Text’ and choose a colour
Click ‘OK’
Select the box next to ‘Background’ and choose a colour

To set these colours as your browser default, select ‘Always’ in the ‘Override the colours specified by the page with my selection above’ drop down.

Click ‘OK’ again to close ‘Colours’ dialogue window.

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.