Working closely with our web agency, Newedge, we've tested the site at several stages during its development to ensure it is usable when using assistive technologies. We're confident that this site should be easy to use and navigate round - however, if you have any issues at all, please contact us and we'll help.
How do I make the text bigger so that it is easier for me to read?
Some users might find screen text easier to read by increasing the size at which text is displayed. To do this you should simply adjust your browser’s settings.
- Using Internet Explorer, go to View > Text size > and select the size you want
- Using Firefox, go to the View menu, select Zoom and then either Increase Ctrl + +, Decrease Ctrl + – or Normal Ctrl + 0.
- Using Opera, View > Zoom > and select the size you want
What are PDFs and how do I read them?
PDF stands for Portable Document File. You need a plug-in called Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files which you can download for free from Adobe’s website.
Users who have concerns about accessibility should visit Adobe’s accessibility website. Recent versions of Acrobat Reader have a Read Out Loud facility, which can be found under the View menu.
How can I view a Word file if I don’t have Word software?
A free Word viewer is available from Microsoft at the Microsoft Download Center. You’ll find Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewers here too. Open source versions of similar software can be accessed at http://www.openoffice.org/
JAWS is a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
- Lynx is a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
- Opera is a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets and image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. It is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.
- HTML Validator is a free service for checking web pages conform to published HTML standards.
- Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer is a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
- Lynx Viewer is a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
Please note that these links are placed here only for your convenience only and not as an endorsement of either product or software.