Accessibility

How you view and experience a website depends on many variables, including:

  • your vision and colour perception
  • the type of display device you use (web pages look different on a desktop or laptop computer compared to a PDA or mobile phone)
  • the size of the display equipment
  • the web browser you are using (e.g. Interner Explorer).

In designing our website, we have used current web standards to improve accessibility, allowing users to modify a few browser settings.

To change the font size

To enlarge or decrease the size of the text, please use the text size function above the search box in the top right-hand corner.

Alternatively, please see the guidance for different web browsers:

Internet Explorer:

  • Choose 'View' from the top menu
  • Choose 'Text size' and then select 'Larger', 'Largest', 'Smaller' or 'Smallest'.

Netscape 4.6:

  • Choose 'Edit' from the top menu
  • Select Preferences' and then 'Fonts'
  • In the 'Text size' option choose the size you would like, e.g. '18' to enlarge the text
  • Select the option 'Use my default fonts overriding document specified fonts' and then 'OK'.

Netscape 6.2, 7.0 and 8.1

  • To make the text bigger, press 'Ctrl' and the plus (+) key.
  • To make the text smaller press 'Ctrl' and the minus (-) key.

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the 'View' menu, then 'Text size', then 'increase' or 'decrease'.
  • Alternatively, press 'Ctrl' and the plus (+) key to make the text bigger, or 'Ctrl' and the minus (-) key to make the text smaller.

Apple Safari:

  • Press the 'Apple' key on the keyboard and the plus (+) key to make the text bigger, or the 'Apple' key on the keyboard and the minus (-) key to make the text smaller.

To change the font style

Internet Explorer:

  • Select the 'Tools' menu, then 'Internet options', then 'Accessibility' (in the general tab)
  • Choose 'Ignore font styles specified on web pages', then 'OK'
  • Click 'Fonts' and select the font you would like, then press 'OK' and OK' again to close the options screen.

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Select the 'Tools' menu, then 'Options', then 'Content'
  • Go to 'Fonts & colours' and choose the font style, size and colour you would like
  • Press 'Advanced', and deselect 'Allow pages to use their own fonts', then 'OK' twice.

To change the background and text colour

Internet Explorer:

  • Select the 'Tools' menu, then 'Internet options', then 'Accessibility' (in the general tab)
  • Choose 'Ignore colours specified on web pages', then 'OK'.
  • Choose 'Colors', then deselect 'Use windows colors'
  • Choose the text and background colours you would like, and press 'OK' until the menus close.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you can't find what you are looking for why not try using the search box in the top right-hand corner.

Remember you can always refer to the Be My Parent online site map for a general overview of the contents of this site.

Last updated: 07 August 07

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