We have tried to make our website as easy to navigate around, and to read as possible – it’s often referred to as making a website ‘accessible’.
What does accessibility mean?
Accessible websites are those that don’t exclude any users due to their abilities or methods they choose to access the web. Accessible websites use prominent colours, fonts, text, layout and navigation to ensure they are as easy to use as possible. They also cater for a range of different viewing devices and technologies.
The Recite Me Accessibility Toolbar
We have installed a service called Recite Me to make our site even more inclusive. We have also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. We also provide assistive technology, enabling all website visitors to customise their experience through a range of options to suit their online accessibility needs.
The Recite Me toolbar provides text to speech functionality, fully customisable styling features, reading aids, and many other features.
The Reciteme + toolbar provides:
- Listen to online content using the screen reader (including PDFs).
- Change the font, colours, size of text, line height, or spacing of the text.
- Customise background colour.
- Change contrast levels
- Zoom in up to 200% without text spilling off the screen.
- Text will reflow in a single column when you change the size of your browser window.
- Download the text as an MP3 file to play it where and when it suits you.
- Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus.
- Remove images that may be distracting.
- Use a ruler to be able to follow the text.
Are there any standards for accessibility?
There are several bodies that provide ‘standards’ for accessibility for organisations to adhere to. We have followed principles outlined by the Worldwide Web Consortium.
How do I make the text bigger on screen?
You may use your browser settings to change the text size for this and other websites that you might use. Like all things, the technique you use may vary (depending on the browser you use, but the following might help:
- Microsoft Edge: Select one of the 'Text Zoom' options in the 'Settings and more' menu.
- Google Chrome: Select one of the 'Text Zoom' options in the 'Customise and control Google Chrome' menu
- Internet Explorer 11: Select 'Settings', then one of the options under 'Zoom'
- Mozilla Firefox: Select the 'View' menu, then 'Zoom', then one of the options
- Opera: Select the 'View' menu, then one of the 'Zoom' percentage options
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the browsers that are available to you and therefore it's worth taking a quick look at any documentation you have to be sure of the settings you need to use to adjust your viewing text.
I’m having problems viewing the site
If you have any difficulties using our website, or have a suggestion that would help make our site more accessible to you, then do let us know - call us on 01737 233413 or email email@example.com