Website Accessibility It is really important to us
that as many people as possible can access the
information on this website. Rather than create
a different accessible version of this website
we have tried to make one site useful to all visitors.
Below you will find some general information that
should help you to browse this website and many
The BBC website has a fantastic
section called “My web my way”
detailing accessibility features and assistive
technologies available for your computer, so that
you can view BBC Online and the rest of the web
in a more accessible way. http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/.
If you encounter specific
problems relating to this website our website
developers would love to hear from you. You can
write to them directly at email@example.com
or please do contact us and we will pass on your
Making Our Website More
The five most popular web browsers are Google
Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Apple Safari
and Opera in that order.
Basic Zoom Instructions
This method works on most commonly used web browsers:
– From the keyboard, you can increase
or decrease the zoom value in 10% increments.
To zoom in, press Ctrl+(+). To zoom out, press
Ctrl+(-). To restore the zoom to 100%, press
– To zoom in, press Cmd+(+). To zoom out,
press Cmd+(-). To restore the zoom to 100%,
press Cmd+0 (zero).
Detailed Zoom Instructions
Below you will find a step-by-step guide to zooming
in on websites in your browser. If you have also
changed the settings in your operating system
and find that this does not magnify the text enough
to be useful, then it is worth investigating screen
These instructions are for
use with the latest browser versions, however
they may also work with other versions of the
same web browser.
In order to increase or decrease the zoom level
of the currently displayed web page, you can use
either the keyboard shortcuts (see table below)
or access ‘Zoom->Larger/Normal/Smaller’
in the Chrome Page menu.
Page zoom level will be remembered
for each unique domain, e.g. if you increase zoom
for Google Search (http://www.google.com), zoom
level will also be increased for Google Calendar
(http://www.google.com/calendar). However, since
Gmail (http://mail.google.com) is on a different
domain, zoom level will remain unchanged in this
?Increase zoom level.
?Decrease zoom level.
?Set zoom level to default level.
Adjusting Font Face
There are a number of ways to adjust your font
settings. Chrome natively supports changing of
Fonts and Languages, including setting font face
and size for:
To access these settings,
open the Google Chrome Options, select the Under
the Hood tab and click the Fonts and Languages
button. The dialog that opens allows you to adjust
your font settings (note: there is an open bug
(1040) to allow these settings to override fonts
specified in web pages).
In addition, there are a variety
of Chrome Extensions that can be used to modify
various font properties:
font family and font size configuration
to add new custom fonts
you to set the minimum font size on all web
zoom level according to resolution & browser
High Contrast And
There are a number of steps you can take to configure
Chrome to run with custom contrast and colors:
a Chrome Extension which allows you to specify
your own custom color combinations, for instance
the Change Colors extension.
page action to apply/remove styling overrides
on a per page, per domain or global basis (overriding
Web page colors)
background, text, links and visited links color
for showing/hiding images
for showing/hiding Flash objects
a Chrome Theme for some control of the color
scheme of the Chrome user interface. As an example,
the BitNova Dark theme offers white text on
a black background. The Chrome Extensions Gallery
offers many other themes, with a variety of
You can zoom in and out of web pages including
images with the following keyboard shortcuts:
command++ to display the web page one size larger.
command+- to display the web page one size smaller.
command+0 (zero) to display the web page at
its normal size.
The text in your browser window
should now appear larger. Please note that you
will have to make these adjustments for every
website that you visit. However, Firefox will
remember your settings, so you will only have
to do this once for each site.
You can change the size of
text only on any web page with Text Zoom you can
select as follows:
the menu bar, click the View menu, then go to
Zoom Text Only, which will make the controls
only apply to text, not images.
The following keyboard shortcuts
control text size when Text Zoom is selected:
command++ to increase the text size.
command+- to decrease the text size.
command+0 (zero) to reset the text size to the
web page’s default size.
Note that some web pages may
display incorrectly if you increase or decrease
the text size.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
8.0 And Above
Internet Explorer Zoom lets you enlarge or reduce
the view of a webpage. Unlike changing font size,
zoom enlarges or reduces everything on the page,
including text and images. You can zoom from 10%
Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button.
In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and
then, in the list of results, click Internet
the bottom right of the Internet Explorer screen,
click the arrow next to the Change Zoom Level
button Picture of the Change Zoom Level button.
go to a predefined zoom level, click the percentage
of enlargement or reduction you want, or to
specify a custom level, click Custom. In the
Percentage zoom box, type a zoom value, and
then click OK.
you have a mouse with a wheel, hold down the
Ctrl key, and then scroll the wheel to zoom
in or out.
you keep clicking the Change Zoom Level button
Picture of the Change Zoom Level button, it
will cycle through 100%, 125%, and 150%, giving
you a quick enlargement of the webpage.
the keyboard, you can increase or decrease
the zoom value in 10% increments. To zoom
in, press Ctrl+(+). To zoom out, press Ctrl+(-).
To restore the zoom to 100%, press Ctrl+0.
will find that this will enlarge the text,
to enlarge again repeat the procedure.
repeating until the text is enlarged to
you need to make the text smaller press
the Apple Key on your keyboard and press
the (-) key.
The text in your browser
window should now appear larger. If this is
still too small for you then it may be that
you need to look at other ways of enlarging
the text on your screen, such as using the
Zoom facility in the Apple Operating System
Opera’s zoom feature is visually accessible
on the progress bar as a list of increments from
20% to 1000%. Zooming with the keyboard offers
the same range, but also includes all the stepped
increments in between. You can see this impressive
range if you hold down a zoom key to scan from
one extreme to the other.
With the keyboard, there are
5 keys for quickly zooming a document. They are:
6, 7, 8, 9, and 0.
using 10% increments: zoom in 0, zoom out 9
(or use + and – on your number pad)
using 100% increments: zoom in 8, zoom out 7
page back to 100% (normal) 6, (or use * on your