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This site has been designed to be accessible to as many people as possible. Use the links below to find out about specific accessibility features.

 

Access keys 

 

Alternative text 

 

Browser options 

 

Changing the text size 

 

Logical tab order 

 

Text-only mode 

 

W3C compliance 

 

Welsh language 

 

Windows options 

 

 

Access keys

 

Access keys are shortcuts that allow you to jump to pages within this web site using the keyboard. They are useful for people who use the keyboard or text-to-speech software to use the internet, rather than a mouse.

This site uses some of the access keys from the UK Government’s access key standard. They are listed below. To use an access key in Internet Explorer (for example, to jump to the home page), first hold down the ‘Alt’ key, press ‘1’, and then press either ‘Enter’ or the return key. On an Apple Mac, use the ‘Control’ key instead of ‘Alt’.

 

S: Go directly to content
N: Skip to navigation
0: Accessibility
1: Home
5: Frequently asked questions
9: Your feedback

 

When filling in the online form itself, only the S: Go directly to content access key is available.


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Alternative text

Hovering over any image (and some hyperlinks) with your mouse will cause some text to appear. This is called ‘alternative text’, and provides further information for you. This information is especially useful for people who turn off images or who use screen reading or text-to-speech software.

 

 

Browser options

Most web browsers offer built-in features to make web pages more accessible. For Internet Explorer these features can be found by going to the ‘Tools’ menu, then clicking ‘Internet Options’. Some of the most useful features are described below.

Netscape Navigator offers similar features which can be accessed by going to the ‘Edit’ menu and clicking ‘Preferences’. For Opera users, go to the ‘File’ menu and click the ‘Preferences’ option.

Internet Explorer

Changing colours

On the ‘Internet Options’ dialogue box, select the ‘Colours’ option under the ‘General’ tab. Make sure ‘Use Windows colors’ is turned off (so it doesn’t have a tick next to it). You can then change the text and background colours by clicking on the coloured buttons and selecting a colour of your choice.

In order for the colours you choose to appear, you may need to turn on the ‘Ignore colors specified on web pages’ option. This overrides settings made by website designers. This option can be found by clicking the ‘Accessibility’ option under the ‘General’ tab.

Changing the font

On the ‘Internet Options’ dialogue box, select the ‘Font’ option under the ‘General’ tab. Select the font you prefer from the list on the left.

In order for the font you choose to appear, you may need to turn on the ‘Ignore font styles specified on web pages’ option. This overrides settings made by website designers. This option can be found by clicking the ‘Accessibility’ option under the ‘General’ tab.

Using your own style sheet

You can use your own style sheet to format all web pages. On the ‘Internet Options’ dialogue box, select the ‘Accessibility’ option under the ‘General’ tab. Under the ‘User style sheet’ section, turn on the option ‘Format documents using my style sheet’. Use the ‘Browse’ button to locate your style sheet.

Removing images

To remove images, select the ‘Advanced’ tab on the ‘Internet Options’ dialogue box. Under the ‘Accessibility’ section at the very top, turn on ‘Always expand ALT text for images’. Then, scroll down to the ‘Multimedia’ section and turn off the option ‘Show pictures’.


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Changing the text size

To change the text size on this site, click the Bigger text | Smaller text links in the top right corner of each page. Keep clicking until you get the text size you want.


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Logical tab order

It is possible to move around a web page using only the ‘Tab’ key on your keyboard. The ‘Tab’ key jumps between all hyperlinks or form controls on a page in a logical order set by the website designers.


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Text-only mode

A text-only version of the website is available. This version removes images, some of the colouring and the columns used for layout. To see text only, click the Text-only mode link in the top right corner of each page.


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W3C compliance

This site meets level double-A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. This is shown by the logo (below) you will see on the site.



The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities.


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Welsh language

Pages of the website are available in English and Welsh as part of the Welsh Language Act 1993. To switch from English to Welsh, click the Cymraeg link at the top right corner of each page.


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Windows options

Windows provides a wide range of features that can improve accessibility. These can be turned on by clicking on the ‘Start’ logo (at the bottom left of the screen), then selecting ‘Control Panel’. You can then choose ‘Accessibility Options’. A list of the key features is provided below.

Keyboard tab

Sticky keys – for complex keyboard actions, this feature helps by allowing you to press the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT or Windows logo keys one at a time instead of holding them all down together.
Filter keys – ignores brief or repeated key presses.
Toggle keys – beeps when the CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK or SCROLL LOCK keys are used.

Sound tab
Sound sentry – generates a visual warning whenever a system sound is made.

Display tab
High contrast – uses highly contrasting colours and fonts across all of Windows.


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