We have embedded all of our links with a special ‘access key’ which allows the use to navigate the website without the use of a pointing device, located to the left is a list of all accesskeys and there corresponding sections. To make use of an accesskey all you need to do is hold down the ALT key on a QUERTY keyboard (Either Windows Based or Macintosh Based) and then hit the letter of the link that you wish to jump to, depending upon individual browser settings the link will either be highlighted (selected) or activated (followed), in the forma case the user will have to use their ENTER key to follow the link. You can check which link is currently selected by looking to the far bottom left of your web browser (in Internet Explorer and Firefox), this bar is called the STATUS BAR, if you cannot see this bar then go to VIEW then STATUS BAR (ensure a tick is placed beside the option).
Browser Accessibility Options
To view your browsers accessibility options simply identify which browser you are using and then follow the corresponding instructions below:
Internet Explorer (Version 7). If you can see your browsers MENU BAR then simply click on TOOL then INTERNET OPTIONS then the ADVANCED TAB, located in the list now shown are several check boxes relating to specific options for your browser, the top of the list always shows the options relating to the accessibility. If you cannot see your menu bar then right click anywhere on the browsers main bar (the bar which tabs and other icons reside) and ensure a check box is located beside the MENU BAR option.
Mozilla Firefox (Version 2). Simply select TOOLS then OPTIONS then ADVANCED tab and finally the GENERAL tab (which is a sub-tab of the adavanced tab) here your can see your browsers accesibility options.
If you wish to override the site’s colours, you can do this by changing your browser settings to your own preference.
RNIB website – The Royal National Institute for the Blind
www.w3.org/WAI – W3C accessibility guidelines
www.bcab.org.uk – British Computer Association of the Blind
www.bbc.co.uk/education/betsie – BBC web pages specially constructed to improve clarity for visually impaired users. The website also includes other useful links
http://www.disability.gov.uk/ – The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA
JAWS – a screen reader for use with Windows.
Lynx – a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
Links – a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.