Our aim is to ensure that our website is easy to use and understand, guaranteeing that your browsing experience is as straightforward as possible.
In this section, you will find information detailing the ways in which our website is accessible, and providing advice about how to make sure that you get the most out of our resources.
What is accessibility?
Accessibility is putting in place measures, considering physical or developmental abilities or impairments, to ensure equal access to web-based information and services.
Text and images
In creating our website, we wanted to design the pages in a way that makes our site as easy as possible to read. However, we have also made sure that you can alter the text size and colour to suit your needs.
Please note - instructions provided are for Internet Explorer 7; other browsers may differ slightly.
Changing text colour
If you would like to change the text colour to make it more legible, or increase contrast, you can do so easily.
At the top of your browser window, there is a ‘Tools’ menu. Click on this, and then select ‘Internet Options’. This will open a window with an ‘Accessibility’ button. Click this and a menu will appear that gives you the option to disregard the current page format.
Return to the original ‘Internet Options’ menu and you can choose how you would like to format the page, using the ‘Colours’ and ‘Fonts’ buttons.
Changing text size
You can change the text size by using the wheel of your mouse instead. While holding down the ‘control’ (‘ctrl’) key on your keyboard, roll the wheel of your mouse upwards to zoom in on a page and make the text larger; and roll the wheel downwards to zoom out and make the text smaller.
Alternatively, you can control text size using your keyboard, by holding down the 'control' ('ctrl') key and then pressing the '+' or '-' keys.
You can still enjoy a varied and complete browsing experience even if you cannot view the images on the website. Every image will have an ‘alt’ text description, explaining what the image shows when using a screen reader.
Our website is compatible with all common internet browsers including:
- Internet Explorer 6.0 and above
- Chrome 3.0 and above
- Safari 3.0 and above
- Firefox 2.0 and above
You can navigate around the website successfully and easily without using a mouse. To browse the site, use the arrow and tab keys on your keyboard:
- Use the ‘up’ and ‘down’ arrow keys to scroll up and down a page
- Use the ‘tab’ key to move from one object to another, or to move between links
- Use the ‘enter’ or ‘return’ key to select a link
Please note - instructions provided here apply to Internet Explorer; other browsers may differ slightly.
- To print the text on a particular web page, select ‘File’ in the top left hand of your browser window, then select ‘Print’.
- Clicking on the Print Preview option (found just underneath the Print option in your File menu) will show you what the page will look like when printed.
- To print a PDF document, go to the File menu in Adobe Reader, and select ‘Print’.