The website in front of you is built and put together in compliance with WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility guidelines. This means that certain technical tools and content writing principles have been used to help users with visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning and neurological disabilities consume the content of the website.
In addition, better accessibility can be achieved by configuring some browser and operation system tools. This page provides information about those possibilities.
A more detailed guide on the same topic can be found at https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/.
This website can be navigated using only the keyboard. Navigation works by using the Tab key. Every keypress brings the focus to the next element. The element currently in focus is highlighted by a colour change and a framed box around it. To activate this element, press the Enter key. The first three links activated by using this method of navigation are hidden from regular users and only meant for keyboard-only users. These are, respectively Skip to main content, Toggle high contrast and Accessibility.
Skip to main content skips the header of the page and continues at the main content of the page, to avoid going through the whole header and menu on every page. Toggle high contrast switches the page design to high contrast mode – text is changed to white, links to yellow and backgrounds to black. Accessibility directs to this current page.
We recommend starting with the browser built-in zoom function if you want to zoom in on the content.
All popular browsers enable zooming in and out of the page by pressing the Ctrl key (Cmd key in OS X) and + or – key simultaneously. A convenient alternative is to use the mouse: hold down the Ctrl key while scrolling up or down. You can revert back to normal size by pressing Ctrl and 0 key simultaneously.
All popular browsers include settings to zoom in on the content shown on the screen.
Windows 7 includes the Magnifier programme. Press the Start menu in bottom left corner, type in Magnifier (the first few letters are enough) and press Enter to open the programme. This will prompt a small window where everything appears zoomed in. The programme traces the location of the mouse by default.
To open this function in Windows 10 you have to click on the key with the Windows logo on the bottom left corner while simultaneously pressing the plus (+) key as many times as you want to zoom in. To zoom out, simultaneously press the Widows key and the minus key (-). In Apple computers, use the following navigation route: Apple menu > System Preferences > Accessibility (or Universal Access) > Zoom.
You can change the content contrast to facilitate reading. Click here to switch to high contrast.
Clicking the link will change the colour of the entire page. Or use the Tab key to navigate to Toggle high contrast. The page will reload and the background of the content will appear black, links yellow and text white. The element’s focus is also more obvious in this state – thick dotted line.
Use of screen readers
Screen readers are programmes that attempt to interpret what is being displayed on the screen and convey it in other forms, e.g. through sound as audio commentary. Screen readers are first and foremost aids for partially sighted people.
The content of this website has been created in accordance with standards recognised by screen readers to enable every type of visual content to be conveyed in another format. For example, pictures have textual descriptions, a description of what is happening on video is provided under the video, structural elements are positioned and ordered so as to take into account the movement of the screen reader across the screen and enable information to be followed in a logical order.
Some popular screen readers: