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Accessibility Help

If you are having difficulty accessing the information in this website, please see the instructions below on how to modify your browser settings. There is also information about some freely available programs that can assist with reading information.

Changing Browser Settings (Internet Explorer)

Changing Font Size:
From the menu bar select View
Point to Text Size
Select the Text Size that best meets your needs
Altrnatively, if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, hold down the Ctrl button on the keyboard and at the same time, scroll up to make the text smaller, or down to increase the text size

Changing Background Colour:
From the menu bar select Tools and Internet Options
Select Colours
Click in the Use Windows Colours checkbox*
Click OK
Click the Accessibility panel on the Internet Options menu
Select Ignore Colours specified on Webpages
Click OK to close and again to close the Internet Options menu
*This will cause the browser to display pages using the general Windows display colours. For details on how to change these settings, please see the BBC's My Web My Way accessibility site (

Changing Browser Settings (Mozilla Firefox)

Changing Background or Text Colour:
From the Tools menu select Options
Select the Content tab
Click on the colours button in the Fonts & Colours section
Choose a new background colour and/or text colour
Ensure the tick-box "Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above" is NOT selected
Click OK

Changing Text Size:
Open the View menu
Choose Text Size and select Increase or Decrease
Alternatively, from the keyboard use Ctrl and + to increase the text size, or Ctrl and - to decrease text size
Alternatively, if using a mouse with a scroll wheel, hold down the Ctrl key and scroll down to increase text size, or scroll up to decrease text size

Software to assist Browsing:

ReadPlease (
ReadPlease is a free to download program that will read out any text that is pasted into the ReadPlease window.

Natural Voice Reader (
Provides a free Professional Version that reads text directly from the browser window

iZoom 1.1 (
A free magnifier to enlarge screen elements beyond the size that can be acheived through the browser setting.       

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