There are a variety of options available to help enable you to set your preference for viewing this site. These settings can be found at the very top of your browser and include:
- Language choice
- Font size adjustment
- Contrast selection
We are always working to make our website accessible. However, if you find anything difficult to use the information on this page will help you.
We encourage our users to customise their own computer with assistive technologies to suit their individual needs.
We try to ensure our site content is accessible, however, you may find some limitations;
- We always aim to communicate simply and clearly. Unfortunately, this is not always possible as our website has many different authors covering many different subjects. Some subjects can be complicated.
- Although we develop our website with accessibility in mind we do not always have the site user-tested. Instead we rely on genuine users to tell us if they have a problem.
Change the colour of the web pages in your browser
- Open the ' Tools ' menu with the mouse or by pressing ' Alt'+'T ' .
- Select the ' Internet Options ' option with the mouse or by pressing ' O '.
- Select the ' Accessibility ' button with the mouse orby pressing ' Alt'+'E '
- Check the ' Ignore colours specified on web page ' checkbox with the mouse or by pressing ' Alt '+ ' C '.
- Click the ' OK ' button with the mouse or press ' Enter ' to return to ' Internet Options '.
- At this point it might appear than little has happened, but what has changed is the website is now using the colour scheme you have on your computer. If you are happy with the colours you do not need to take any further steps, just click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to the browser. If however you still need to change the text or background colours on the web page take the following steps:
- With the ' Internet Options ' box still open click on the ' Colors ' button or press ' Alt' + ' O '.
- The default setting is to have the ' Use Windows colors ' option selected, to use your own colours click the box to remove the tick with the mouse or press ' Alt' + 'W '.
- 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 '.
- Select the colour of your choice with the mouse orby using the arrow keys to highlight it and then pressing ' Spacebar '
- Click the ' OK ' button with the mouse or press ' Enter '.
- Repeat the process of selecting a colour for visited ' Alt ' + ' I ' and unvisited ' Alt ' + ' N ' links if needed.
- When you have changed all the colours you want click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to the ' Internet Options ' box
- Click the ' OK ' button with the mouse or press 'Tab' until it is selected and press ' Enter ' once which will return you to Internet Explorer.
Change the size of the text in your browser
For the first time in Internet Explorer a zoom feature is included which allows you to enlarge the whole browser window.
To do this press ' Ctrl ' + ' + ' to increase the zoom and ' Ctrl ' + ' - ' to decrease the zoom.
You can also change the text size by doing the following:
- Open the ' Page ' menu with the mouse or by pressing ' Alt'+'P ' .
- Select the ' Text Size ' option with the mouse or by pressing ' X '.
- Choose your preferred text size by clicking on it or by using the up and down arrow keys to select it and then press ' Enter ' .
The text on the website should now have changed to reflect your choice.
Alternatively you may do this:
- Click on the ' Tools ' menu with the mouse or press ' Alt '+' O ' .
- Click on ' Internet Options ' option with the mouse or press ' O ' . You should now see the ' Internet Options ' box.
- Click on the ' Accessibility ' button with the mouse or press ' Alt '+ ' E ' .
- In the Accessibility box click the ' Ignore font sizes specified on web page ' checkbox to add a tick or press ' Alt '+' Z '.
- Click the ' OK ' button to return to the Internet Options box.
- Click on the ' OK ' button, or press ' Tab ' until ' OK ' is selected and then press ' Enter ' to return to Internet Explorer.
Some documents are published in more than one format. We commonly use (for text documents) Microsoft Word (doc) and Portable Document Format (PDF).
Help with accessing PDF files
To read PDF documents you need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Commonly this is already on your computer, installed with your web browser. But if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it for free from adobe.com
BBC - My Web My Way
A useful resource for web accessibility with advice about how to adjust your computer to get the best out of the web.