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Layout

The site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS2) to control all of the presentation and layout. The tables that we previously used to control the placing of elements have been removed. Screen reader users no longer have to listen to this information.

As a result of the new presentation, screen reader users can use the screen reader's navigation key to get around the site. If you are listening to the site, menus are grouped together in a more logical fashion.

Making your web browser more accessible

The two most popular browsers are Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, although there now are other well-used browsers such as Google Chrome and Apple Safari. Below you will find a step-by-step guide to enlarging the text in your internet browser. If you have also changed the settings in your operating system and find that this does not magnify the text enough to be useful, then it is worth investigating screen magnification software.

These instructions are for use with the browser versions listed below, however they may also work with other versions of the same web browser.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and above

  • Open your Internet Explorer web browser.
  • Choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked "View".
  • A list of options will appear in the drop down menu, choose "text size".
  • Next another drop down menu should appear with options including "small", "medium", "large", "largest".
  • Select "largest".

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. Please note that this will affect all websites that you view, and your settings will be saved even after you close your browser. However, this only affects the text: any pictures will remain the same size. If you wish to zoom in on both pictures and text, you can do the following:

  • Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key.
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure.
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements.
  • If you need to make the text smaller press ctrl on your keyboard and the minus (-) key.
  • If you need to return the text to its original size, hold down Ctrl on your keyboard and press the zero key (0).

Please be aware that you may have to make this change each time you start a new browsing session.

If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as screen magnification software.

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

  • Open your Firefox browser.
  • Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key.
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure.
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements.
  • If you need to make the text smaller press ctrl on your keyboard and the minus (-) key.
  • If you need to return the text to its original size, hold down Ctrl on your keyboard and press the zero key (0).

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. Please note that you will have to make these adjustments for every website that you visit. However, Firefox will remember your settings, so you will only have to do this once for each site.

Firefox has the option of only increasing the size of the text on the page, leaving images at the normal size. To turn on this function, do the following:

  • Choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked "View".
  • Go to "Zoom". A second, subsidiary menu should appear.
  • From this second menu, click on "Zoom text only".
  • You can then adjust the text size using the same process described above.

If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as screen magnification software.

Google Chrome

  • Open your Chrome browser.
  • Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key.
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure.
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements.
  • If you need to make the text smaller press ctrl on your keyboard and the minus (-) key.
  • If you need to return the text to its original size, hold down Ctrl on your keyboard and press the zero key (0).

Alternatively, you can go to the settings menu by clicking on an icon which looks like a spanner in the top right-hand corner of the browser window. Go to "Zoom", where you can adjust the size of the text using the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons.

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. Please note that you will have to make these adjustments for every website that you visit. However, Chrome will remember your settings, so you will only have to do this once for each site.

If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as screen magnification software.

Apple Safari 5.0

  • Open your Apple Safari browser.
  • Hold down the Apple Key and press the (+) key.
  • You will find that this will enlarge the text, to enlarge again repeat the procedure.
  • Keep repeating until the text is enlarged to your requirements.
  • If you need to make the text smaller press the Apple Key on your keyboard and press the (-) key.

The text in your browser window should now appear larger. If this is still too small for you then it may be that you need to look at other ways of enlarging the text on your screen, such as using the Zoom facility in the Apple Operating System.

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