Images and ALT Text

The images that are used on the site are as small in size as possible, so that they do not cause pages to take a long time to load.

We have aimed to ensure that all images have appropriate ALT Text – this is so visually impaired web users, or those who choose not to have images displayed on the website can still find out what an image is meant to show.

Responsiveness

We have set up the website in a way so it is ‘responsive’. This means it will resize and reorder various elements in each page to fit your screen (desktop, tablet or mobile) in the best possible way.

We will only use tables on the site when they are the most appropriate way of presenting content and will ensure that they are coded correctly so that people using assistive technologies such as screen readers can access them.

Text Size and Headings

We have set the majority of text on the website to be relative, so you can make it bigger or smaller if you need to.

You can increase or decrease the text size on the website (and also on any other websites you visit) by doing the following:

  • Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9: Go to view in your browser menu, select the text size option and choose the size of text you want. You can also zoom in and out of the page by pressing CTRL and + or CTRL and –
  • Firefox: Go to view in your browser menu, select zoom and then zoom in or zoom out.
  • Chrome: Click on the spanner icon at the top right of the browser and select zoom.
  • Safari: Click on the page icon at the top right of the browser and select zoom.
  • Netscape: Go to view in your browser menu, select the text size option and choose the size of text you want
  • Opera: Click on the Opera button at the top left of your browser, select page and then zoom.

You can also resize text on all browsers by pressing CTRL and rolling your mousewheel.

We use headings on our web pages. Not only do headings break up text and make it easier to read, but it is also useful to people using screen readers who will be able to easily navigate between headings.

Style Sheets

A style sheet is what we use on this website to determine how it looks. You can turn off the style sheet in your browser; this removes background images and makes the text black on a white background.  You can then replace the style sheet with your own custom style sheet if required.

You can turn off the style sheet on this website (and also on any other websites you visit) by doing the following:

  • Internet Explorer 8 and 9: Select the page menu which is on the right of the taskbar. Go to style and select no style.
  • Internet Explorer 7: Unfortunately you cannot remove a style sheet in Internet Explorer, only replace it. To replace a style sheet, go to tools and internet options. Click the accessibility button at the bottom of thegeneral tab. Select the format my documents using my style sheet button and browse for a stylesheet to upload.
  • Firefox: Go to view in your browser menu and select page style. Select no style.
  • Chrome: Unfortunately you cannot replace a style sheet in Chrome.
  • Safari: Unfortunately you cannot remove a style sheet in Safari, only replace it
  • Netscape:  Go to the edit menu and select preferences. Select page styles and deselect the options for document css and my stylesheet
  • Opera: Go to view in your browser menu and select style. Select user mode. Alternatively you can press ALT and P.