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

Change colour and font settings in IE

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

Disable images in IE

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

Mozilla Firefox

Change font sizes in Firefox

Change colour and font settings in Firefox

  1. On OSX: With Firefox in focus, select the Firefox menu, followed by Preferences
  2. On other platforms: From the Tools menu, choose Options
  3. Select the Content tab. To select fonts:
    • Within the Fonts & Colors section, select the default font and size from the drop-down menus
    • Clicking the Advanced... will display a new dialog. To enforce your previous font selection, untick the checkbox Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above
  4. To select colours:
    • Within the Fonts & Colors section, click the Colors... button
    • The dialog that appears allows you to select a colour palette that best suits you
    • To enforce your colour selection, untick the checkbox Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above

Disable images in Firefox

  1. On OSX: With Firefox in focus, select the Firefox menu, followed by Preferences
  2. On other platforms: From the Tools menu, choose Options
  3. Select the Content tab
  4. Untick the checkbox labelled Load images automatically

Help with accessing PDFs on our websites

Every PDF file on our website has a cover which contains a link to a free download of Adobe Reader and a link to the Adobe online PDF conversion tool as well as a link to the PDF file itself.

What is Adobe Reader?

Adobe Reader is a software program that is available to download for free from the Adobe website and allows you to read and print Portable Document Format(PDF) files.

Download Adobe Reader (new window)

Using a screen reader to access PDF documents

If you are a screen reader user, we endeavour to make PDF files on our site accessible to screen readers but as yet cannot guarantee that all content of every PDF online is accessible. As an alternative we provide a link to Adobe’s online PDF conversion tool. Please see the following paragraph for further information.

What is the Adobe PDF conversion tool?

The Adobe conversion tool will provide a conversion to HTML 3.2 or text file format. Adobe will convert the document immediately if you upload the file via the form provided on their website or you can send it to them via email attachment.

If you prefer to use your screen reader with a browser you could have the document converted to either HTML or text file format. If you wish to use your screen reader with word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Notepad you will need a text version of the document.

For further information on Adobe products and accessibility go to the Adobe accessibility section: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/index.html (new window).

Further help

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.