Accessibility Options

We would like to make this web site as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. But the primary audience and users of this site will have a vision impairment at some level so we have designed the pages in a plain and simple manner without too many graphic images, floating toolbars, scrolling banners and other complex visual tricks, that make it so crowded and flitters at you.

Text Shape

The Text Shape of the letters and numbers, technically called type-face or sometimes called Font-face, is very important, to make it as clean and crisp as possible. We are using Tahoma as the first choice but if the browser does not have that font installed, then would fall back to Arial and finally a generic Sans Serif type-face as last resort. All these different Fonts have one thing in common, the “lines” and “strokes” that draws the shape of the letters does not have “tails” or “swirly” bits on them! (for example: Times New Roman with curly pieces!) So as you can see, this makes it so much easier to read the words and we can appreciate the information much faster!

The reason we choose Tahoma over Arial is to avoid confusion over some letters and numbers. In Arial, the 1 (one), l (lower case L) and I (upper case i) as well as the | (vertical bar) looks very similar! But for Tahoma these are all different (1, l, I and |). Also numbers are much more clear in Tahoma (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9), against Arial (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9), the 6 and 9 have too much curling over and it almost looks like 8!

Text Size

We set the default font size to a fairly large amount (about 14 points). You can change the text size by modifying your browser’s View settings. See below for your browser specific instructions.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the View menu, or press ALT V to open
  2. Move down to “Text Size >”, click here or press X to open the little sub menu
  3. You can choose from 5 different sizes, just click on one or press the Enter key.
  4. A mouse shortcut trick is to hold down the CTRL (control) key and turn the wheel on your mouse. This will quickly make it larger or smaller depending which direction you twiddle the wheel.

FireFox

Google Chrome

More Browsers

If you are using other browsers and you can supply extra information about how to change the Text Size then please leave a comment below and we can update this page. Your support would be greatly appreciated and we can help more of our fellow low vision surfers out there! Thank you.

Colours

The colours are by default high contrast black text on white background but you can override this by changing your browser’s handling of embedded colour information inside web pages by selecting the “Ignore incoming colours”. We are planning to provide more colour options here to make it as easiest as possible to get the right combination for you but in the meantime see below for the instructions.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click the Tools menu or press ALT T to open it
  2. Right at the bottom, the last entry is “Internet Options…” or press Up arrow once or press “o” to open the dialog window.
  3. Click on the “Accessibility” button down near the bottom right corner or press Shift TAB four times to go backwards or Press ALT E to activate the button.
  4. The very first option is the one we are looking for called “Ignore colours specified on Web Pages”. Just click on the Tick box or press the space bar to toggle the tick box. Make sure it shows the Checked or Ticked marks.
  5. Finally click on the OK button or press the Enter key to close this window and then click again the OK button or press TAB once and press the Space bar.

That should now force the browser to use your own colours you may have chosen in the Display control panel.

FireFox

Google Chrome

More Browsers

Again if you are using other browsers, then please leave a comment below to provide the method of overriding the incoming colours in web pages. Many Thanks.




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