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Accessibility features

You can alter the accessibility of these pages by changing the on-screen appearance of the text and background. Below are some suggestions. Note that all are reversible and do not affect images.

The Microsoft Internet Explorer browser

To apply the font and colour changes

  1. On the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, select Fonts in the Proportional and Fixed-width font lists.
  3. Select the fonts you would like to use.

Changing the font

Using a sans serif font (such as Arial), rather than a serif font (such as Times New Roman) can make text easier to read.

To increase the size and/or visibility of text, use the Change page style function in the blue footer on each page.

Please note, this feature will not be visible if you do not have JavaScript enabled in your web browser. If you do have JavaScript enabled, the following three icons will appear in the blue footer:

  • The second icon increases the size of the text.
  • The third icon provides a high visibility text option.
  • The first icon resets the page to its original style.

You can also increase or decrease text size from the text size option in the View menu.

Users of Internet Explorer 7 can also use the zoom facility on the right hand side of the status bar at the bottom of the browser window.

Changing text and background colours

Certain combinations of fonts, typefaces and background colours can sometimes make text difficult to read. You can change these settings by choosing your own preferred, clearer colour scheme - black text on a yellow background gives the most contrast.

  1. On the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, select Colours.
  3. Uncheck the tick box labelled Use Windows Colours.
  4. Select Text, and select the colour you want. Select OK.
  5. Select Background, and select the colour you want to use. Select OK.
  6. On the General tab, select Accessibility
  7. Select Ignore colours specified on Web pages. Select OK.

To close images

  1. On the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  2. On the Advanced tab, scroll down to Multimedia.
  3. Select Show pictures to remove the tick.
  4. Select Apply, and then select OK.

To expand the size of the window to full screen, either:

  • press the F11 key,
  • click the Maximize window button located in the top right corner of the browser window; or
  • on the View menu, select Full screen.

There are more options to make these pages easier to read, such as removing animation and expanding text. To look at the other options:

  1. on the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  2. select the Advanced tab; and
  3. choose the options you would like.

The Netscape Navigator 7 and later browser

To change the settings

Changing the font

  1. On the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  2. Select Appearance.
  3. Select Font.
  4. Change the Variable Width Font and the Fixed Width/Monospace Font to the type you prefer. (To use these fonts for future occasions, select Use my default fonts overriding document specified fonts.)

Displaying text larger or smaller

  • You can increase or decrease text size from the Text Size/Zoom option in the View menu.

Changing the colour of the text and the background

  1. On the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  2. Select Appearance.
  3. Select Colours.
  4. Uncheck Use Windows colours.
  5. Select Text, and choose the colour you would like to use.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Select Background, and choose a colour.
  8. Select OK.
  9. Select Use my chosen colours, ignoring the colours specified.
  10. Select OK to close Preferences.

To close images

  1. Select Edit.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Select Advanced.
  4. Select Images.
  5. Select Do not load any images.
  6. Select OK.

If you have any problems changing these settings, select the Help menu on the browser toolbar. Also, if your browser has different options to the above, look at the Help menu for specific instructions.

Navigation

Each page has a navigation bar at the top to enable you to move from section to section.

Each page also has a crumb trail above the main navigation that shows the route taken. For example, if you were to go to the 'Acknowledgements' page within the 'About these resources' section the crumb trail would read:

  • You are here: Information technology home | About these resources | Acknowledgements

As well as helping you see where you are, the crumb trail can also be used to navigate back to where you came from.

Accessibility statement

The content on this website should permit access to the widest possible audience.

The application is built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. The pages display correctly with currently available internet browsers, and the use of standard XHTML code means that future versions of browsers will also display them correctly.