Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board

Accessibility

Accessibility - help with viewing this site

There are different things you can do to change the look of this site to make it easier for you to read. You can make the text bigger, change the colours or just change the site to text-only.

This section gives you instructions on how to do this. The instructions are different for the two main types of browser, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. The help facility on the toolbar of the browsers also contains information to assist you.

  • Instructions for Microsoft Internet Explorer users
  • Instructions for Mozilla Firefox users
  • Instructions for Macintosh users
  • Alternative ways to view Adobe Acrobat documents

Instructions for Microsoft Internet Explorer users

To change the font and colour settings you must firstly:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu - this will depend on your browser version.
  • Select the Accessibility Option and click the three boxes displayed under formatting, so that they are now showing ticks.

If you want to change the type of text:

  • Select Internet Options from theView OR the Tools menu depending on your browser.
  • Click on the Fonts button, choose your font from the drop-down menu under Web page font and click the OK button. Arial is one of the easiest fonts to read.

If you want to change the size of the text:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser.
  • Click on the Accessibility button.
  • Click the Ignore fonts now showing on web pages box so that it now shows a tick.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK again to close .
  • Select the View option from the Menubar.
  • Select the Text Size option and choose your preferred text size.

If you want to change the colour of the text or the background:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser.
  • Click on the Colours button and untick the box next to Use Windows colours.
  • To change the colour of the text, click on the button to the right of Text, choose your colour from the palette and click OK.
  • To change the colour of the background, click on the button to the right of Background, choose your colour from the palette and click OK.

If you want to remove the images:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser.
  • Select the Advanced tab at the top right hand corner of the box.
  • Scroll down to the Multimedia heading.
  • Untick the box next to Show Pictures.
  • Click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button.

For more information visit the Microsoft Help and Support site.

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Instructions for Firefox users

If you want to change the size of the text:

  • Select View from the Menu Bar.
  • Select the Text Size option and alter the text size as preferred.

If you want to change the font, colour of the text or the background:

  • Select Tools from the Menu Bar.
  • Select the Options option.
  • Select the General option.
  • Click on the Fonts & Colors button.
  • To change the colour of the text, click on the button to the right of Text, then choose your colour from the palette.
  • To change the colour of the background, click on the button to the right of Background, then choose your colour from the palette.
  • Once you have chosen your preferred colours for Text and Background and your preferred Font, click on the OK button.

If you want to remove the images:

  • Select Tools from the Menu Bar.
  • Select the Options option.
  • Select the Web Features option.
  • Untick the box next to Load Images and click OK.

For more information visit the Firefox Support page.

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Instructions for Macintosh users

For full instructions on making use of the various versions of the Macintosh operating system's accessibility features, including resizing text, text-to-speech function and keyboard alternatives to mouse functions, visit the Apple website's section on accessibility.

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Alternative ways to view Adobe Acrobat documents

This site uses Adobe Acrobat to display certain documents. If your screen reader software (for example an audio-enabled web browser) is not compatible with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe provide a free online tool which converts the content of PDF files to a format which can be understood by most screen reader applications.

The URL of the document can be submitted either via email or web form, and the content is returned, converted either to HTML (i.e. standard web page format) or to plain text. Alternatively, the document the user wishes to read can be emailed as an attachment.

For more information, and full details of how to use this tool, visit the Adobe website.

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