We have worked hard to make our site accessible in accordance with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
Font size can be altered by selecting the View option from your toolbar and select the Zoom option to increase or decrease the size.
If you use Internet Explorer to view the Internet, the following guidelines will enable you to enlarge the size of the text and control the colours on your screen.
- Open your Internet Explorer web browser
- Select 'Tools' from the menu at the top of your window
- From the options which appear, select 'Internet Options'
- Click on the 'General' tab
- Click on the button marked 'Accessibility'
- To remove background and font colours, select the check-box marked 'Ignore colours specified on Web pages'
- Click 'OK'
Some visually impaired web users need to take further steps to make websites visible. Internet Explorer and many other browsers enable you to specify your own Cascading Style Sheet that will override the styling of the websites that you view. This will give you full control of the visual appearance of the text in websites. You can find out more about specifying your own CSS file by using the Help function within your web browser software.
Browse Aloud: Speech Enabling our Website
BrowseAloud Plus reads website content out loud in a high quality, human-sounding voice. Each word is highlighted as it is read aloud and the sentence is highlighted in a contrasting colour. This allows users to easily identify what text is being read aloud and navigate within and between web pages.
BrowseAloud Plus is free to website visitors, there's no download and it is really easy to get.
Why speech enable our website?
Speech enabling our website provides an additional way of accessing our content for people who find it hard to read. This includes those with dyslexia or learning difficulties, those for whom English is not their first language, or anyone with a mild visual impairment. It is not designed to replace other screen readers.
For further help and assistance with the Browsealoud product take a look at the support pages (external site opens in new window) on their website.
It is not our intention to disenfranchise any member of the community.