Help with viewing this site
If you have a disability or impairment that makes it difficult to use the internet, here are some things that can help you.
- Make use of the accessibility tools in your operating system
Mac users - there are a range of accessibility tools built in to Mac OS X including Display Adjustment which can help you see the page more clearly. Visit http://www.apple.com/accessibility/ (external link) for more details.
PC users - Windows XP and Vista have a set of accessibility tools that can be used to make many aspects of using the computer easier:
In Windows XP - go to Start... Programs... Accessories... Accessibility... Accessibility Wizard.
In Vista / Windows 7 - go to Start... Control Panel... Ease of Access.
Windows 8 users can find out about accessibility features here - http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows8/
- Use an up-to-date browser
PC users - the latest editions of popular browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera have useful visual tools that can change the way you view webpages. These tools may not be present in older versions - if you can't find them, you may need to upgrade your browser by following these external links:
Google Chrome - https://www.google.com/chrome/
Internet Explorer - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/default.mspx
Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Opera - http://www.opera.com/download/
Here are some of the ways the browser can help you:
You can magnify pages by selecting View... Zoom
You can make text bigger or smaller by going to View... Text Size
In IE9, you can turn on text descriptions of images by going to Tools... Internet Options, then clicking the Advanced tab. Under Accessibility, put a tick beside 'Always expand ALT text for images'
To make text bigger or smaller, go to View... Zoom
To change the style of the page display, select View... Page Style
To magnify pages, select View... Zoom
To choose whether the page shows images, select View... Images
To change the page background and text to a high contrast black and white version, select View... Style... High contrast (W/B)
- Use a text-only browser
Lynx is a free text-only browser which can be downloaded from this external link - http://lynx.browser.org/
- Use a screen reader program
Jaws is one of several popular screen reader programs. It is not free, but a time-limited trial version can be downloaded from this external link - http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_downloads/jaws.asp
- Change the colour scheme of the page
In Windows 7, you can alter the colour scheme of the computer - including the colours it uses for webpages. To do this go to Control Panel... Appearance and Personalisation... Display.
Windows 8 users can get help with accessibility features here - http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows8/
- Further help
AbilityNet http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/ (external link) is a UK charity that supports and advises on practical internet usage for people with disabilities or impairments.