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Accessibility

Accessibility

This page explains the features that have been incorporated into this website to provide a level of accessibility for all users.

Enabling extended accessibility

The extended accessibility toolbar can be enabled by pressing the Shift key three times, followed by the A key.

Once enabled, it will provide the following accessibility enhancements:

Text size

If you are finding the text difficult to read or would otherwise like to increase legibility, you can increase the font size using the zoom tool within the access toolbar.

Press Z on your keyboard and select an area with your mouse to zoom the selected portion of the page.

High contrast

To switch between normal and high contrast modes, press C on your keyboard. Some images may not be visible in this mode.

Access keys

Access keys provide alternative navigation without using a mouse. This site uses the following access keys:

N: skip to the Main Navigation links.

S: skip to the Page Content.

R: jump to the Related Content (where applicable).

1: go to the Home Page.

3: go to the Site Map (where applicable).

0: go to this Accessibility page.

Displaying access keys

Press H on your keyboard to highlight areas which can be directly moved to using an access key.

Other shortcuts

If the website contains one, you can use Alt-S to instantly move to the search box.

If supported, the R key on your keyboard will start ReadAhead, which will allow you to read linked pages without loading them fully in your browser.

Software

The following are third party links for specialist accessibility software:

JAWS screen reader – Download a free trial copy of the screen reader Jaws.

WindowEyes – Screen reader with Braille support.

BrowseAloud – Text to speech for web pages.

Scaling text

If you have trouble reading the text on the site, you can increase (or decrease) the size using your browser. Here is how you do it in each of the three main browsers:

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Hold down the Alt key and press V

Then press X

Select one of the preset text sizes by using either Up Arrow or Down Arrow key and pressing Return / Enter

Firefox

Increase text size – Whilst holding down the Control key, press +

Decrease text size – Whilst holding down the Control key, press –

Opera

Increase text size – Whilst holding down the Shift key, press +

Decrease text size – Whilst holding down the Shift key, press –

Changing colours

Changing the site’s background colour can be particularly useful if you rely on magnification technology – as white can produce an uncomfortable glare.

It is also possible to change the colour of body text on the site. You can do both by changing preferences in your browser:

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Go to the Tools menu

Select Internet Options

Select Accessibility

Put a tick in the box next to “Ignore colors specified on web pages”

Select OK

Select Colors

Ensure no tick in the box next to &qout;Use windows colors”

Use Text and Background colour selectors

Confirm colours OK

Confirm options OK

Firefox

Go to the Tools menu

Select Options

Within options

Select Content

Select Colors

Ensure no tick in the box next to “Allow pages to choose their own colors”

Ensure no tick in the box next to “Use system colors”

Use Text and Background colour selectors

Confirm colours OK

Confirm options OK

Use function key F5 to refresh the screen

Opera

Tools menu, Preferences and selecting web pages or;

View menu, Style and selecting user mode

We recommend that you experiment with the settings to get the effect that makes it easiest for you to read the information.

Opening documents

Documents on our website are PDFs.

You can download PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don’t already have this, you can download the latest version from the Adobe website.

If you use screen reader software (for example an audio-enabled web browser), and it is not compatible with Adobe Reader, Adobe provide a free online tool to convert the content of PDF files to text – so they can be understood by most screen reader applications. You can also download this from their website.

Emailing

If you want to email us, you can do this by clicking on the relevant email address.

This will automatically open up a new message with the address you need already in place. You will not need to copy and paste the address from the website.

CodeClan is committed to making its website accessible and endeavours to ensure that webpages are compliant to the Web Accessibility Initiative. If you do find any accessibility barriers that affect or prevent your use and enjoyment of the website, please email us at info@codeclan.com and we’ll do our best to address the problem as soon as possible.