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Using Accesskeys

We have embedded all of our links with a special 'access key' which allows the user to navigate the website without the use of a pointing device (such as mouse). To make use of an accesskey all you need to do is hold down the ALT key on a QUERTY keyboard (Either Windows Based or Macintosh Based) and then hit the letter or number of the link that you wish to jump to, depending upon individual browser settings the link will either be highlighted (selected) or activated (followed), in the forma case the user will have to use their ENTER key to follow the link. You can check which link is currently selected by looking to the far bottom left of your web browser (in Internet Explorer and Firefox), this bar is called the STATUS BAR, if you cannot see this bar then go to VIEW then STATUS BAR (ensure a tick is placed beside the option).

The list of accesskeys letters and numbers is included at the top of this page.


Browser Accessibility Options

To view your browsers accessibility options simply identify which browser you are using and then follow the corresponding instructions below:

Internet Explorer (Version 7 and above).

If you can see your browsers MENU BAR then simply click on TOOLS then INTERNET OPTIONS then the ADVANCED TAB, located in the list now shown are several check boxes relating to specific options for your browser, the top of the list always shows the options relating to the accessibility. If you cannot see your menu bar then right click anywhere on the browsers main bar (the bar which tabs and other icons reside) and ensure a check box is located beside the MENU BAR option.

Alternatively you can press the ALT key to show the menu bar.

Mozilla Firefox (Version 2 and above).

Simply select TOOLS then OPTIONS then ADVANCED tab and finally the GENERAL tab (which is a sub-tab of the adavanced tab) here you can see your browsers accesibility options.


Colors and Layout

We have taken care to ensure that in all informative areas of this website that text is clearly readable and visible without any input from the user (altering font sizes and colours manually). Some areas may including styled text or images with text that are used purely from a aesthetic point of view and generally do not contain information that the user 'needs' to read to be able to use this website effectively.

If you wish to override the site's colours, you can do this by changing your browser settings to your own preference. Some browsers also allow a custom 'Style Sheet' to be used when surfing the Internet though not every mainstream browser. Using and creating a style sheet however requires the user to have some knowledge of website coding languages primarily CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), refer to your browsers own website for information on creating custom style sheets to override the look of websites.


Useful Links

http://www.rnib.org.uk/
The Royal National Institute for the Blind.

www.w3.org/WAI
W3C accessibility guidelines.

www.bcab.org.uk
British Computer Association of the Blind.

www.bbc.co.uk/education/betsie
BBC web pages specially constructed to improve clarity for visually impaired users. The website also includes other useful links.

http://www.disability.gov.uk/
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA).

http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_jaws.asp
A screen reader for use with Windows.

http://lynx.browser.org/
A free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/links/
A free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.