Accessibility

Need help reading our website?  

We have added the world-leading digital inclusion software, Browsealoud, to our website – making our content more accessible with reading and translation support.

Try it out – it’s free!

Click on the Browsealoud launchpad that appears on the [insert location here] of your screen to launch the support toolbar.  Then simply click on any text to hear it read out loud.

How does Browsealoud help?

Browsealoud offers a host of reading and translation support – helping you to access and understand our website better.

  • text-to-speech: click on or select any text to hear it read aloud
  • translation: written and spoken translations in multiple languages
  • text magnification: enlarges text and reads it out loud
  • mp3 generation: converts selected text into an MP3 audio file
  • screen mask: blocks distractions on screen with a tinted mask
  • web page simplifer: removes clutter from the screen, displaying only the main text
  • settings: customise options to suit individual needs or preferences

All the features are accessed from an easy-to-use, floating toolbar – allowing you to drag and drop it anywhere on screen.

Watch the Browsealoud Features video to see Browsealoud in action.

Need support?

Visit support.texthelp.com, the dedicated support portal from Texthelp – the makers of Browsealoud.

Did you find Browsealoud useful?

Texthelp are constantly striving to provide the very best digital inclusion software for those who need it the most.  They’d love to know what you think of Browsealoud.  Fill out this one question survey.

There are a number of ways to help users get the best from the site which are outlined below.

Screen size

You can change the screen size, by grabbing the grey bar at the bottom right-hand side of the site.

Text size

We have a text re-sizer on all our pages, which gives you the option of making all of the main text larger, smaller or back to our default size. This tool can be found on the left hand size of the start of the footer, under the main text.

If you find the text size on this website is too small or too large to read comfortably, you can change the size of the text via your browser. You can also specify the font styles, colours, and foreground and background colours. The way you do this varies from browser to browser.

(Please note – some PCs will allow you to increase text size simply by holding down the ‘control’ and ‘alt’ keys and using the wheel in the middle of the mouse to make the text larger and smaller.)

Microsoft Internet Explorer

If you are using Internet Explorer, go to the menu at the top of the browser window and select View, from the list of options, select Text Size. You will see a side menu open up; select the size you wish to view the website in.

Firefox (Mozilla)

If you are using Firefox, go to the menu at the top of the browser window and select View, from the list of options, select Text Size. You will see a side menu open up; select the size you wish to view the website in.
Firefox also allows the text size to be changed with keyboard shortcuts:

  • Press Ctrl and + to increase the size
  • Press Ctrl and – to decrease the size
  • Press Ctrl and 0 to go back to the default size

Apple Mac

For a computer using a Macintosh operating system

  • Press Cmd and + to increase the size
  • Press Cmd and – to decrease the size
  • Press Cmd and 0 to go back to the default size

Linux

For a computer using a Linux operating system

  • Press Ctrl and + to increase the size
  • Press Ctrl and – to decrease the size
  • Press Ctrl and 0 to go back to the default size

Styles and colours

Internet Explorer users should click on tools, options and then the colours, fonts or accessibility buttons.

PDF files

Adobe® Acrobat® ReaderT is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Download Acrobat Reader.

Adobe can also help you access content using assistive technologies such as screen readers or screen magnifiers. You can link to the Access Adobe website for information on making these documents accessible.

W3C Compliance

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for people who create and maintain websites. These guidelines help organisations provide websites that are accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are split into 3 priority levels:

  • Priority 1
  • Priority 2
  • Priority 3

All pages on this site comply with Priority 1 and the majority of pages comply with Priority 1 and 2.

We are committed to maintaining and improving the accessibility of this site. Our longer term aim is to provide a site that complies with all WCAG priority levels.


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