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Accessibility

 

Text Size

Changing the text size

If you wish to alter the text size used on this website, you can use your browser's built-in controls to do so. The following sections outline some information relating to popular browsers on to how to alter the text size.

Changing text size on Microsoft Internet Explorer

Select the 'View' menu on your browser
Select the 'Text size' option
Choose a size from the list provided


Changing text size on Mozilla or Firefox

Select the 'View' menu on your browser
Select the 'Text size' option
Select 'Increase' or 'Decrease' as required


Changing text size on Netscape (version 7)

Select the 'View' menu on your browser
Select the 'Text Zoom' option
Using this menu you allows you to select a percentage text size from a list, or simply to make your text larger or smaller.

Access Keys

Access keys are keyboard short cuts that help navigation through a website.

How to use Access Keys

  • Press and hold the "Alt" key on your keyboard
  • Press the access key you require, for example 1 to access the site homepage, this will highlight the link you are interested in
  • Press the "Enter" key on the keyboard to access the link


Access Keys on this website

The following provides a list of access keys used on this site:

  • S - Skip navigation
  • 1 - Home page
  • 2 - What's new
  • 3 - Site map
  • 6 - Help
  • 7 - Complaints procedure - Contact Us - Feedback Form
  • 8 - Terms and conditions
  • 0 - Access key details

Making your computer speak

Browsealoud

Our sites are Browsealoud enabled. Browsealoud is a software program that reads aloud web page and PDF document content. Once you have downloaded the Browsealoud software onto your computer, all you need to do is place your mouse pointer over the text you wish to have read aloud and Browsealoud will do so, you can also opt to have the text being read aloud highlighted on the screen. Browsealoud is available for both PC and Mac just follow the link below.

Download Browsealoud for PC or Mac (new window)

 

Using a screen reader

If you are using a screen reader, we hope you will benefit from our use of meaningful headings, link text and alternative text to navigate our websites. We have also tried to make tables and PDF documents as accessible as possible. If you do come across a PDF document you cannot access, we provide links on every document cover to the Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool as well as a link to download Adobe PDF Reader, which is free and can be used to access PDF files. A link to each is also provided below:

Download Adobe Reader (new window)

Adobe online PDF to text conversion tool (new window)

For more information on help with hearing websites including using screen reading software amongst other assistive technologies, go to the BBC My Web My Way website at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/win/hearing/sub_1.shtml . (new window)