Accessibility

Web Accessibility Initiative

We have set out to achieve the highest standards of accessibility, in line with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Government guidelines.

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.

 

Text sizing

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 Text” icon
  • 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 browsers.

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 http://mozplugger.mozdev.org/.

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.

 

General information

Minicom

If you have Minicom equipment you can contact us on 0845 345 3458.

RSS

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.

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