Accessibility

Standards compliance

This site conforms to the W3C's WAI Accessibility Guidelines, Level Single-A. However, it also implements the majority of recommendations at Double-A and Triple-A levels.

If you have any problems accessing this site, or any other technical difficulties, please contact CreativeToad.

Accessibility

Those with accessibility needs are currently well served by modern browser-provided tools and third party software additions. Internet Explorer, in particular, has a very extensive accessibility area with a wizard to help with the setting up of appropriate tool combinations for those with sight, hearing, motor, cognitive problems etc.

Internet Explorer accessibility options

Internet Explorer offers many accessibility options to help increase readability and to work better with assistive technology. Here are answers to some common questions about accessibility options in Internet Explorer.

Can I use the keyboard to surf the web? 

Yes, you can use the keyboard to explore the web. Press TAB to move forward between screen elements and SHIFT+TAB to move backward. By pressing TAB or SHIFT+TAB, you can navigate through the following parts of the screen:

  • Links that are text or images
  • Hotspots on image maps
  • The Address bar
  • The tabs bar
  • HTML frames

Can I customize the font size, formatting, and screen colours? 

You can specify the font type and size and the foreground and background colors that are used to display webpages. You can also specify the color used for links in webpages. These customizations are useful if you have low vision, need larger fonts, or need high-contrast colors. For more information, see Change the colours and fonts used for webpages. You can also zoom in on any webpage for better readability. For more information, see Zoom in on a webpage.

How can I improve the way Internet Explorer works with my screen reader or voice recognition software? 

Internet Explorer features, such as multimedia or page transitions, can cause screen readers to give confusing or incorrect information. Follow the steps below to turn off features that might interfere with screen readers.

To make Internet Explorer work better with screen readers

Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.

Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.

Click the Advanced tab.

Make one or more of the following changes:

  • Set the cursor to follow the screen focus
  • If you want your screen reader or Magnifier to use the cursor (also referred to as the insertion point or system caret) to determine where to read or to magnify, do this:
  • Under Accessibility, select the Move system caret with focus/selection changes check box.
  • Display text in place of pictures
  • Under Accessibility, select the Always expand ALT text for images check box. Under Multimedia, clear the Show pictures check box.
  • Stop page transitions from causing erratic behaviour in your screen reader or voice recognition
  • Under Browsing, clear the Enable page transitions and Use smooth scrolling check boxes.
  • Under Multimedia, clear the Show pictures and Play animations in webpages check boxes.
  • Help prevent webpage sounds from interfering with your screen reader.
  • Under Multimedia, clear the Play sounds in webpages check box.

Click OK.