Accessibility

Using our Website

To help arm our audience with the tools and understanding which will enable them to make the most of the world-wide web whatever their ability or disability.

We provide advice and help to all those people who would benefit from making changes to their browser, operating system, or computer to be able to view the rest of the web in a more accessible way.

The site has tips for people with disabilities (visual, hearing, motor, cognitive or learning impairments) but also, for example, for those people with minor vision impairments who would not consider themselves to have a disability.

We hope that you do not have any difficulty using our website. We have given detailed consideration to the design, type sizes and colour contrasts used on the site, to make it easier to read. We recommend that you view our site with your screen resolution set at (800 x 600) or above. However, if you are having difficulty, there are things you can do.

A very useful site is the BBC and also AbilityNet

Instructions for Microsoft Internet Explorer Users

Changing the text font

  • Select Internet Options form the Tools menu (on older versions of Internet Explorer Options may be in the View menu). Press the Accessibility button.
  • Tick the box next to Ignore font styles specified on web pages.
  • Press OK.
  • Press the Fonts button.
  • Choose your font from the drop-down menu under Web page font.
  • Press OK.

Changing the text colour or the background colour

  • Select the Internet Options from the Tools menu (on older versions of Internet Explorer Options may be in the View menu). Press the Accessibility button.
  • Tick the box for Ignore colours specified on the web pages.
  • Press OK.
  • Press the Colours box.
  • Un tick the box for Use Windows colours.
  • To change the colour of the text, press the ebutton to the right of Text, choose your colour from the palette and press Ok.
  • To change the colour of the background, press the button to the right of Background, choose your colour from the palette and press OK.
  • Press OK.

Removing the images

  • Select the Internet Options from the Tools menu (on older versions of Internet Explorer Options may be in the View menu).
  • Select the Advanced tab at the top right corner of the box.
  • Scroll down to the Multimedia heading.
  • Un tick the box next to Show pictures.
  • Press OK.

More information

For more information visit Microsoft's Internet Explorer Accessibility Resources


Instructions for Firefox and Netscape Navigator Users

Changing the text font

  • Select Options from the Tools menu (on older versions you may have to select Preferences from the Edit menu).
  • Press the Fonts & Colours button in the General options (on over versions you may have to select Fonts from the Appearance category)
  • Tick the box for Always use my fonts (on older versions you may have to untick the box for Allow documents to use other fonts)
  • From the Proportial box select whether you want to use a Serif or Sans Serif font.  (Sans serif is normally clearer).
  • Select the front from the Serif or Sans Serif box you want to use.

Changing the text colour of the background colour

  • Select Options from the Tools menu (on older versions you may have to select Preferences from the Edit menu).
  • Press the Fonts & Colours button in the General options (on over versions you may have to select Fonts from the Appearance category).
  • Tick the box for Always use my colours (on older versions you may have to tick the box for Use my chosen colours ...).
  • To change the colour of the text, press the button to the right of Text, choose your colour from the palette.
  • To change the colour of the background, press the button to the right of Background, choose your colour from the palette.
  • Press OK.

Removing the images

  • Select Options from the Tools menu (on older versions you may have to select Preferences from the Edit menu).
  • Select Web feature (on older version you may have to select Advanced).
  • Untick the box next to Load images (on older versions load images may be called Automatically load images).
  • Press OK.

More Information

For more information about Firefox options visit Firefox Help.

For more information about Netscape options visit Netscape Help.