Accessibility

While we make every attempt to ensure you get the most out of this website, you may find you can improve your browsing experience by altering particular browser settings. Below, we show how to change the settings for common web-browsers.

When in doubt, check your browsers built-in documentation.

Internet Explorer (IE)

Change font sizes in IE

  • IE7+: From the Page menu, choose the Text size option
  • IE6 and below: From the View menu, choose the Text size option

Change colour and font settings in IE

  • From the Tools menu, choose Internet Options
  • Select the Accessibility... button (bottom right)
  • By checking the desired checkboxes, you can force the browser to ignore the colours, font styles and font sizes

Disable images in IE

  • From the Tools menu, choose Internet Options
  • Select the Advanced tab (top right)
  • Scroll down to the Multimedia section
  • Untick the checkbox labelled Show pictures

If your browser isn't covered here, or you would like more in-depth information, visit My Web my Way, an online guide that explains the various accessibility features provided by your web browser.

When the author of a site uses descriptive link text, all links on the page will make sense even when read out of context. For users of assistive technology (e.g. Screen-readers) this can allow them to quickly jump through pages of text to find relevant links.

Most images on this site contain additional 'alternate' text that is stored with the image. This allows users who otherwise wouldn't be able to see the image access to the stored information. Although this can help users of assistive technology (e.g. Screen-readers), this also applies to visitors who disable images because of a slow internet connection. Any image that is considered purely decorative will have a blank alternate text (e.g. alt=""). This reduces the amount of unnecessary content on the page.

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