Accessibility

Accessibility and Digital Media

1.    Changing the text size of web pages

2.    Keyboard Shortcuts

3.    Useful Links

Changing text size in the browser

Most browsers and computers allow you to change the size of text, to make text either smaller or larger.

The easiest way on most current browsers is to press and hold the CTRL key down on the keyboard whilst either turning the mouse wheel or using the +/- keys. If this doesn't work there are various methods specific to particular browsers - some of them are listed below.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7

  • Open the page menu
  • Select text size
  • Select your preferred text size

You can find out more about the Internet Explorer 7 browser at the Microsoft website.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 – 10

  • Open the view menu
  • Select text size
  • Select your preferred text size

You can find out more about the Internet Explorer 8 – 10 browsers at the Microsoft website.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open the view menu
  • Select text size
  • Select your preferred text size from the available options
  • Alternatively hold down the ‘ctrl’ and use the ’+’ or ‘-’ key to make the text larger or smaller.

You can find out more about the Firefox browser at the Mozilla Firefox website.

Apple Safari

  • Open the View menu
  • Select ‘make text bigger’ to increase the text size, or ‘make text smaller’ to decrease the text size
  • Alternatively hold down the ‘CMD’ and use the ‘+’ or ’-' key to make the text larger or smaller.

You can find out more about the Safari browser at the Apple website.

Opera

  • Open view
  • Select Zoom and choose a size by %.
  • Alternatively select the browser window and use ‘+’ to make the text larger and ‘-’ to make it smaller

You can find out more about the Opera browser at the Opera website.

Google Chrome

  • Click the Control the current page button.
  • Select Text Zoom.
  • Select Larger or Smaller, or Normal to make text the default size.

You can find out more about the Chrome browser at the Google website

Keyboard Shortcuts

Good websites provide a number of keyboard shortcuts to help users who have difficulty in using pointing devices such as a mouse.

  • Windows-based systems » in general, press the “Alt” key and the relevant access key
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 or later » press “Alt” and the relevant number/letter, then press the “Enter” key
  • Mozilla Firefox version 2 or later » press “Alt” + “Shift” and the relevant number/letter at the same time
  • Netscape version 8.0 or later » press “Alt” and the relevant number/letter at the same time
  • Opera 8.0 or later » hold down the Shift key and press Escape, release both keys, then press the number of the access key

For example, some sites use these shortcuts:

Alt + 1             Home Page

Alt + 2             Skip to main content

Alt + 3             Top of page

Alt + 4             Contact Page

Alt + 5             Site Map

If these do not work on a website, then try searching on “accessibility” on the site and see what comes up.

Useful Links

For useful information on how to optimise your computer to suit your needs visit the excellent BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/

 

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