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Accessibility

This website has been created with Accessibility in mind. Our aim is to ensure that everyone can access the information published on our website and that the site meets WAI AA standards.

The colour scheme has been carefully chosen. We've tested the colours to make sure that they meet World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines on background and foreground colour and brightness difference.

If there are Accessibility features that we could add in to the site, or techniques that we could adopt, please contact us on 020 7492 2222 or Textphone 020 7242 8159.

In addition, the information below will help you in customizing your computer to provide you further with the most accessible web experience on our website.

Help with opening documents

Help with seeing our website

If the style sheets provided are not a sufficient help, here is some further information on adjusting your browser to make text larger or to change the colours. Help for:

Help with opening documents

This website links to documents and files in a number of formats. You may need special software to read some of these files. The links below enable you to download free software to open these files.

PDF files

To open a PDF file you have two options.

  • You can download a program called Acrobat Reader and install it onto your computer. The program is available free of charge from the Adobe Acrobat site. Download Adobe reader
  • The second option is to use an online PDF conversion tool. You can visit the Adobe Acrobat website, type in the address of a PDF file and get it to translate the file into a more readable format while you wait. Convert a PDF file online

Adobe publishes information on its website to help users get the most out of the accessibility features of Adobe PDF documents. Read information on accessibility on the Adobe website.

Other types of file

The links below will help you to download other types of document that may appear on our site

Help with seeing our website

Information on adjusting your browser to make the text larger or to change the colours.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser

Changing Font size and style

1. Open the Tools menu with the mouse or by pressing Alt+T.
2. Select the Internet Options option with the mouse or by pressing O.(see fig1, below)
3. Select the Accessibility button with the mouse or by pressing Alt+E.(see fig 2, below)
4. Check the "Ignore font sizes specified on web page" checkbox with the mouse or by pressing alt+Z.
5. Check the “Ignore font styles specified on web page” checkbox with the mouse or by pressing alt+S.
6. Select the OK button twice with the mouse or by pressing Enter twice.
7. Open the View menu with the mouse or by pressing Alt+V.
8. Select the Text Size option with the mouse or by pressing T.
9. Choose your preferred text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing Enter.

Fig 1 Internet Explorer Internet Options dialog box

Internet options 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig 2 Internet Explorer Accessibility dialog box

 

Internet options dialog box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The text on our website should now have changed to reflect your choice.

Changing colours

  • If you wish to change the colour settings of our web pages in order to create a text and background contrast that makes it easier to read, follow the steps below:

1. Follow steps 1 to 3 above.
2. Check the “Ignore colours specified on Web pages” box or press Alt+C.
3. Open the Tools menu with the mouse or by pressing Alt+T.
4. Select the Internet Options option with the mouse or by pressing O.(see fig 1, above)
5. Select the Colours button with the mouse or by pressing Alt+O.(see fig 3, below)
6. Choose to have your Windows colour scheme reflected by selecting the "Use Windows colour scheme" option with the mouse or by pressing Alt+W.

OR

1. Select either the Text button with the mouse (or by pressing Alt+T), or the Background button with the mouse (or by pressing Alt+B).
2. Select the colour of your choice with the mouse or by using the arrow keys.
3. Select the OK button twice with the mouse or by pressing Enter twice.

Fig 3 Internet Explorer Colours dialog box

Internet Explorer Colous dialog box

More details on accessibility in Internet Explorer

Microsoft publishes detailed information on the accessibility features of the Internet Explorer web browser and other Microsoft software.

Mozilla Firefox Browser

Help with adjusting the settings in your Firefox browser to make the screen easier to read.

  • Increasing the size of the text

To do this in Firefox, go to the 'View menu', select 'Text Size' and then select 'Increase'. You can have the same effect by using the keyboard and press the keys 'Ctrl' and '+' at the same time.

  • Changing the display on the screen

Firefox provides other ways in which you can fine-tune how a page displays on your screen.
For example you can change the background colours and choose which colours to have text, links and visited links displayed.

You can make these changes by:

1. Going to the 'Tools' menu at the top of the page
2. Selecting 'Options...' from that menu
3. Clicking the 'Font & Colours...' button

Fig 4 Mozilla Firefox Options dialog box

Firefox options

Fig 5 Mozilla Firefox Fonts and Colours dialog box

Firefox fonts colours

On the 'Font & colours' box you can over-ride the colours used by our website by ticking the boxes marked 'Always use my: Fonts' and 'Always use my: Colours'.

You can specify which colours you prefer text and links to be displayed in, and which background colour should show on the page.

You can also choose colours to be used for links your have previously visited and links when your mouse hovers over them.

More details on accessibility in Firefox

Firefox publishes detailed information on how to adjust the display of their browser.

 

Download the Mozilla Firefox browser.

 

 

 

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