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Accessibility for this website

We have taken care to make our website as accessible as possible to the widest number of people. We have provided additional Text Only and Printer Friendly versions in addition to other accessibility features. To make the most of the accessibility features on the site we recommend using Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer includes a number of ways to change the way our web pages are displayed. Below you will find instructions for some of these changes. (Other browsers also have options to change the way pages are displayed. Please refer to your browser's Help section for details).

To enlarge text

On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
Tick the 'Ignore font sizes specified on web pages' check box
Click on 'OK'
On the browser menu select 'View'
Click 'Text Size'
Choose the size of text

To change text and background colour

On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Colour'
Deselect the 'Use Windows Colours' tick box
Select the box next to 'Text' and choose a colour
Click on 'OK’
Select the box next to 'Background' and choose a colour
Click on 'OK'

To change the colour of links

On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
Select ‘Ignore colours specified on web pages' (should contain a tick)
Click 'OK'

To make font and colour changes permanent

On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
Click on the boxes to show ticks
Click on 'OK'

To change the size of the window

On the browser View menu select 'Full screen' or press F11

To prevent graphics and images appearing

On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the Advanced tab, scroll down to the 'Multimedia' heading
Deselect the graphics options 'animations', 'videos', 'pictures' and 'images'
by clicking on the boxes to remove the ticks
Click on 'Apply' then 'OK'

Other options

Other options such as removing animation are available:
On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the Advanced tab choose any of the options available to improve the visibility of the web pages.

Images

We have used images throughout this web site to add interest and provide variety. These images have been kept as small as possible and should load quickly.

Each image is accompanied by an Alternative Text or "ALT" tag which provides a description of an image or a function. ALT tags are accessed by placing your mouse over the image.

Useful downloads

Adobe
Some of the pages on this web site have been created in Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Format Document) format. To view these documents you will need to download Acrobat Reader. You can get this from Adobe's web site.

PDF files cannot easily be read by access technology. Adobe have a web site which provides tools to help make PDF files more accessible to the visually impaired. These tools convert Adobe PDF documents into HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by a number of common screen reading programs that synthesize text as audible speech. The address for this site is http://access.adobe.com.