We have worked hard to make sure that our website can be used by as many people as possible. For instance, we have built in some quick methods to change how you can view our website.
Some people find it easier to read a web page if there is a higher contrast between the background and the text. We have built this function into our website so that if a visitor selects a different contrast all our web pages will remain in that view during the same user session.
At the top of our web pages, you will see a button called ‘Accessibility Tools’, clicking on this will present the options available. The contrast buttons represent different screen views. If you click on these you will be able to view our website using a different set of colours. The middle button with a brown background will give you a medium colour contrast between the background and the text; the button with the black background on the right will give you a high contrast between the background and the text, and the button on the left with a white background will take you back to the original (default) view.
A lot of users prefer to view the text on websites in a larger size than normal. We have built this function into our website so that if a visitor decides to change the size of the text, all our web pages will automatically display the same text size during the user’s session.
At the top of our web pages, you will see a button called ‘Accessibility Tools’, clicking on this will present the options available. Click on the larger [A] / on the plus button [+] to make the text larger and the smaller [a] / and the minus button [-] to reduce the text size.
You can also use your keyboard, or keyboard and middle mouse wheel (if you have one), to change the size of the text when viewing text using most browsers.
Larger text: [Ctrl] and [+] or [Ctrl] and mouse wheel forward.
Smaller text: [Ctrl] and [-] or [Ctrl] and mouse wheel back.
The above method will make everything on screen larger/smaller including images.
Some people have restricted mobility and find using a mouse quite difficult for various reasons so we have made sure our website can be navigated by someone who only uses a keyboard.
Pressing the tab key allows you to move forward on each page through the menus, links and text boxes requiring input from you - and pressing the shift and tab key allows you to move back. The arrow keys on the keyboard will enable you to scroll up and down and left or right.
When you land on a drop-down box with a series of options you will have to use the Alt key and a down, or up, arrow to make your selection before pressing Enter.
We have designed our website so that when you use the tab key you can easily see where you are currently focussed. You can also check where you have landed by looking on the left at the bottom of your computer screen.
Some people find it very distracting to have a set of images on screen which change every now and again. We have provided a pause/stop button next to the changing images on any pages which have a slideshow. You can also use another button to move to the next [>] or the previous [<] image if you would like to see the images one at a time.
Throughout our website, you will see links to our documents which you can open, or download onto your computer. We have converted the majority of documents on our website to PDF (portable document format). This means you will be able to read these documents if you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer regardless of the software you use to create your own documents.
Adobe Reader is the name of the free software that can open PDF documents. If it is not already installed on your computer you will need to download Adobe Reader and follow the instructions to install this software.