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Accessibility for all users

Our website is designed with accessibility in mind.  We have taken on board best practices as well as international guidance on web accessibility. 

To make sure everyone can access our website, we have endeavoured that all users using modern browsers, tablets, phones and screen-readers should receive a similar user experience.

If you have any suggestions or other comments about our site, please feel free to contact us using our contact page.

 

Zooming in on web pages

You will find the zoom settings in the View menu on almost all browsers.  You can also use the following controls to do the same thing in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari (note: Apple users please use cmd key instead of Control:

  • Press Control (Ctrl) and + to Zoom in
  • Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and scroll your mouse wheel away from you
  • Press Control (Ctrl) and + to Zoom out
  • Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and scroll your mouse wheel towards you
You can always go back to the default zoom by pressing Control (Ctrl) and 0. 
 

Browser specific instructions

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For more information, click on the link below to get detailed instructions for your browser:

 

Changing fonts and colours

Changing the font and font colour can make text a bit easier to read. It's possible to change the font and colours for your whole computer or just for web pages.  It's also possible to flip this website into a high contrast view using the buttons at the top of this page.

 

High Contrast View

You can change the colour scheme on this website to make it easier to read.  Use the buttons at the top right of this page in order to flip between BVS Branded Colours and High Contrast Colours.

 

How to change fonts and colour for web pages

Your browser can change the way things like text and links look on all websites. 

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Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer allows you to change and override fonts as well as change the default colours.  To do so:

  • Click on Tools (from the top menu)
  • Choose Internet Options.
  • On the General tab, select Fonts - this will allow you to adjust your font settings.
  • Also on the General tab, select Colours - this will allow you to adjust your colour settings.

More information about specific versions of Internet Explorer can be found on the Microsoft website:

Firefox

Firefox allows you to change and override fonts as well as change the default colours.  To do so:

  • Select Options from the Tools menu or Open Menu button.  Note: on Apple machines select Preferences rather than Options.
  • Select the Content tab to make adjustments.

More information can be found on the Firefox Accessibility page on the Mozilla website.

Safari

Safari relies more on your computer's settings for changes to colours etc. however you still can change the font size.

  • Select Preferences from the Safari menu.
  • There should be a tickbox under the Advanced tab to set a minimum font size.

Chrome

Chrome allows you to change font style and size font size and style but unfortunately you can't change colours.

  • Click the Wrench button
  • Select Under The Hood and within that are the font options.

More information about Chrome accessibility can be found more information on Google's website.

 

How to change fonts and colours on your computer

It's possible to make changes on your computer so that fonts and colours are changed on all programs you use.

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Please follow the instructions below for your particular operating system:

Windows

You can change the size of icons, text and other settings to make things less difficult to read.  You can also pick a high contrast colour scheme.

Windows 7 and Vista

The Ease of Access centre allows you to adjust the contrast settings:

  • Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key).
  • Type "Ease of Access Center", then press the Enter key.
  • Select Make the computer easier to see to adjust your font settings.
  • Select Set up high contrast to adjust your colour settings.

For specific information relating to your version of Windows, please refer to the Microsoft website using the links below:

Mac OSX

On your Apple machine, you can adjust the colour contrast, invert the colours as well as choose a monochrome colour scheme. Apple tend to like to keep the look and feel of their software consistent so there are no options for changing fonts, but you can change font settings within individual programmes.

  • Using the Dock or the Apple icon (top left), open System Preferences.
  • Select the Universal Access pane.
  • Select the Seeing tab to adjust your colour settings.

More information about Mac OSX accessibility can be found on the Apple website.