Web Accessibility Initiative
We have set out to achieve the highest standards of
accessibility, in line with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and
While we strive to keep our website in line with the current web
accessibility standards, we need feedback from real web users. Do
you have a disability that affects the way you use the web? For
example, do you use assistive technologies such as a screen-reader?
Do you find this site easy to use? Is there anything we could do to
improve accessibility? Contact us to tell us what you think.
There are various ways to change the size of the text displayed
on each page.
At the top of each page on the right hand side, the text size
can be increased or decreased by clicking on the ‘A A A’ icon.
You can also change the text size settings in your web browser.
In most web browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer) this is done by going
to the 'View' menu and selecting the 'Text size' option.
Listening to web site content using Dixerit Plus
You can listen to pages on our website using Dixerit Plus. To
display the Dixerit Plus toolbar, click on the Dixerit Plus icon
displayed on every page.
You can then listen to a page, in several different ways:
- Highlight the text you want to listen to and click the “Read
- Hover your mouse cursor over the paragraph you want to listen
to and click the “Paragraph” icon that appears
- Click the “Read Links” icon to have all the links on the page
read out to you. To follow a link, enter its number into the “Go
to” box and click “Go”.
Browser and operating system support
Dixerit Plus fully supports Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac and
GNU/Linux operating systems for its reading functions and has been
extensively tested with the most popular operating systems and
For users of Mozilla Firefox under Linux we recommend the use of
MozPlugger as a media player. MozPlugger is distributed under the
GNU General Public License and can be obtained from
Dixerit Plus also supports Apple Mac operating systems (OS9 and
later) and has been fully tested with Safari.
The additional software applications provided as part of Dixerit
Plus - WebRead, Magnifier and Contrast - require a Microsoft
Windows operating system. Users of Linux and Apple Mac operating
systems should utilise the free accessibility software available on
their platforms, including the built-in Zoom under OS-9 and OS-X,
and Gnopernicus under Linux.
If you have Minicom equipment you can contact us on 0845
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds allow you to see when
websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines
and video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to
visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
RSS feeds are read using news reader software. There are
different versions about, some of which are accessed using a
browser (Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari), and some of which are
downloadable applications (Newz Crawler, FeedDemon, Awasu).
Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed
subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications
let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you
either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a
web-based service like Hotmail or Google Mail.