Accessibility

Your browser already includes a number of ways to change the way our web pages are displayed. Here's how to change settings using Internet Explorer:


Formatting
To permanently apply font and colour changes
On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
Click on the three boxes to show ticks
Click on 'OK'

To enlarge text
On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
Tick the 'Ignore font sizes specified on web pages' check box
Click on 'OK'
On the browser menu select 'view'
Click 'text size'
Choose the size of text

To change text and background colour
On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Colour'
Deselect the 'Use Windows Colours' tick box
Select the box next to 'Text' and choose a colour
Click on 'OK
'Select the box next to 'Background' and choose a colour
Click on 'OK'

To prevent graphics and images appearing
On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the Advanced tab, scroll down to the 'Multimedia' heading
Deselect the graphics options 'animations', 'videos', 'pictures' and 'images'
by clicking on the boxes to remove the ticks
Click on 'Apply' then 'OK'

To change the size of the window
On the browser View menu select 'Full screen' or press F11

To change the colour of links displayed on a screen.
On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the General tab, select 'Accessibility'
Click on 'Select ignore colours specified on Web pages' (should contain a tick)
Click 'OK' 

Other options
Other options such as removing animation are available:
On the browser Tools menu select 'Internet Options'
On the Advanced tab choose any of the options available to improve the visibility of the web pages.

Other Browsers
There are options to change the way pages are displayed on other browsers. Please refer to your browser's help or information section for details. If in doubt please contact us for help. However, to make the most of the accessibility features on this site we recommend the use of Internet Explorer.

Images
We have used images throughout this web site to add interest and provide variety. These images have been kept as small as possible and should load quickly. In some cases you are able to click through to a larger version of an image from a thumbnail example. 

Each image is accompanied by an Alternative Text or "ALT" tag which provides a description of an image or a function. ALT tags are accessed by placing your mouse over the image. 

Text only and printer friendly versions
Although we have aimed to make our core web site as accessible as possible to the widest number of people we have also provided additional text only and printer friendly options.

Security
You may need to download a specific browser to use our online transactions service. This is a free download. We cannot guarantee that your online transactions will work if you do not use the recommended software.

Your transaction will take place within a secure payment system. We use Secure Socket Layor (SSL) technology, a standard supported by major internet browsers. All of your personal and card details are protected by using 128 bit protection when transmitted over the Internet. In order for a transaction to take place securely your browser must support 128 bit encryption. If your browser does not support this level of encryption, click on the appropriate icon below to upgrade your browser.

Useful Downloads
Adobe
Some of the pages on this web site have been created in Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Format Document) format. To view these documents you will need to download Acrobat Reader. You can get this from Adobe's web site (external) 

PDF files cannot easily be read by access technology. Adobe have a web site which provides tools to help make PDF files more accessible to the visually disabled. These tools convert Adobe PDF documents into HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by a number of common screen reading programs that synthesize text as audible speech. The address for this site is http://access.adobe.com (external).

Excel
Some of the pages on this web site have been created in Microsoft Excel format. To view these documents you will need to download the Excel 97/2000 Viewer. You can get this from Microsoft's web site (external)