Accessibility on this website
DIZ continue to try and make this website as accessible as possible and to meet internet standards of accessibility. Whilst none of us are perfect, there are sure to be errors and occational mistakes - if you could let us know of any issues you may have with the site, then please do contact the webmaster at: firstname.lastname@example.org with a clear description of the access issue - and we shall endeaver to put it right.
At the top right hand corner of the page, you may have noticed a series of buttons, each with an 'S' on them - indicating 'style'. If you are accessing this site on a smaller screen, then the style-switcher buttons will have migrated to an off-screen position. You can access them by pressing on the 'Settings' cog icon - in the top right corner.
The current available styles are i) The default theme: Black text on a white background. ii) Inverse theme: White text on a black background; and iii) The Contrast theme: Black text on a yellow background. Try the other themes to see if they're easier to read for you.
Although you may be aware that most modern browsers have setting options to re-size or magnify the screen; here we have provided a built-in font-resize system. The re-size buttons are also on the top right-hand side, and again, when the screen is seen at a small size, the buttons are shifted to the right off-screen navigation which can be accessed by pressing the 'settings' cog icon also at the top right of the screen
Press the A+ button to increase the font size, and the A- to decrease it. The A button will re-set the size to a default.
ARIA Landmarks & Sreen Readers
Throughout the site, the HTML markup has made use of ARIA Landmarks to assist screen readers. The landmarks are key areas of a page that can be set with key words, such as, for the primary navigation the landmark would be writen in HTML as:
<nav role="navigaton" aria-label="Primary">...</nav>
For more information on ARIA Landmarks, try the link for the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group:
Choose which browser you use and follow the links to the accessibility page.
Firefox includes many features to make the browser and web content accessible to all users, including those who have low vision, no vision, or limited ability to use a keyboard or mouse.
There are many extensions which improve accessibility or which help developers create accessible web applications, such as ChromeVox, ChromeShades, and ChromeVis.
Again, there are many features for IE, but check the main accessibility website for features that effect your version of the IE browser. The following links apply to IE8.
For help with other versions of IE follow this link:
Here is a link to the Opera help & support pages where you can find information on Opera's accessibility features
Safari works in conjunction with Apple's wider accessibility features, information which can be found on Apple's general accessibility page.
Other Accessibility Information
Find here links to a variety of websites dealing with accessibility on the three main operating systems; also, details on mobile phones and other devices.
Screen Reader Information
|Screen Reader||Operating System||Availability||Website|
|Microsoft Narrator||Windows||Included with System||http://windows.microsoft.com|
|NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)||Windows||Freely Available||www.nvaccess.org|
|VoiceOver||Mac||Included with System||www.apple.com|
|Ocra||Unix||Bundled with Gnome||https://wiki.gnome.org|
|BRLTTY||Unix||With most Unix systems||http://mielke.cc/brltty/|
|ChromeVox||All OS’s||Extension for Chrome by Google||www.chromevox.com/|
|FireVox||All OS’s||Extension for Firefox||www.firevox.clcworld.net|
|WebAnywhere||All OS’s||Open Source web-based||www.webanywhere.cs.washington.edu|