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Website Accessibility - How To Change The Font Size

We recognise and value the provision of information on this web site in a format which is accessible to all, regardless of ability or disability.

In order to ensure a consistent user experience for visitors to the site we use what are known as cascading style sheets (CSS for short). CSS enable us to enforce a corporate look-and-feel to our website which ensures that a consistent font typeface, use of colour and optimum text sizes are the order of the day. Using cascading style sheets enables us to meet current legislative and industry standards on web site accessibility

Is the text on your screen too large? Or too small?

You may find that on your screen the text is either too large or too small for your personal needs. Using the options below you can set a smaller or larger standard font size.

Your browser's default text size setting for all web site

To increase or decrease the text size, use the ‘Text Size’ setting in the Internet Explorer by going to the top menu bar, selecting VIEW, then text size. There are then a number of size options for you to select and by default it is ‘medium’, and it is possible that yours may have slipped to ‘smaller’ or ‘smallest’ (this can happen by a combination of holding ctrl and using the mouse wheel) - If you set it to medium again it should be fine, alternatively choose ‘larger or largest’.
In browsers other than Internet Explorer, there will be a similar setting. For example, in Netscape versions 6 and above the option is called 'Text Zoom'.

What is an accessible web site?

An accessible site is one that accommodates the full range of users. Designing for accessibility therefore means accepting that, for online information, there is:
  • no standard information user, and,
  • no standard device for browsing information

An accessible web site does not exclude anybody due to:

  • their abilities, or
  • the method they choose to access the web
Accessible web sites prioritise clear content, structure and ease of navigation over frilly aspects of design, however they also need not be visually unattractive, nor are they prevented from using the latest web technologies, provided that all information is still accessible to users.

The web: access and inclusion for disabled people

The results of a formal investigation by the Disability Rights Commission, published April 2004, showed that more than 80% of web sites are difficult for disabled people to use.


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