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Making our site easy to use

Cheshire East CAB North recognises the importance of providing access to services that are accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability; so we strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability.

The following information explains how to make services and content on our website more accessible:

Changing the site’s appearance

Text size

We have not fixed the text size of the website, so you can change how it appears. With Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2 the text size can be increased by pressing 'Ctrl' + '+' and decreased by pressing 'Ctrl' + '-'.  The BBC’s My Web, My Way site advises further on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/An external link opening in a new window.

Text style / font

If you want to change the text style (font) of the site, the following steps override the style we have chosen with your preferred choice.

Again, the BBC’s My Web, My Way site advises further on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/An external link opening in a new window.

Screen resolution

Because the sizes of monitors differ, monitor resolution cannot be measured in dots per inch (dpi). Instead, the resolution of a monitor refers to the number of pixels that can be displayed on the screen. For example, in a 640 x 480 resolution, 640 horizontal lines are drawn across the screen and 480 drawn vertically. Some common monitor resolutions are:

  • 640 x 480 - images and text on the screen will appear very large - requires scrolling
  • 800 x 600 - images and text on the screen will appear large - requires scrolling
  • 1,024 x 768 - images and text on the screen will appear small - may not require scrolling
  • 1,280 x 1,024. - images and text on the screen will appear smaller - may not require scrolling.

The larger the images and text appear, the more scrolling will be required.

If you are using Windows, you can change the screen resolution by following these instructions from Microsoft:

Windows XP: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/windowsxp/screenresolution.aspx An external link opening in a new window.
Windows 7: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows7/default.aspx An external link opening in a new window.
Windows 8: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows8/default.aspx An external link opening in a new window.

System colour scheme

It is possible to modify the appearance of your operating system so that you can have your particular colour and font preferences. You can also change colour schemes within the web browser. Again, we have not set the colours, which means you can override our choices with your own.

Again, the BBC’s My Web, My Way site advises further on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/An external link opening in a new window.

Keyboard alternatives to the mouse

Windows has built-in keyboard shortcuts for many functions. For example, you can access the menu bar items (File, Edit etc.) by pressing Alt and then the letter which is underlined in the menu bar word: e.g. ‘f’ for File.

Again, the BBC’s My Web, My Way site advises further on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/An external link opening in a new window.

Mouse settings

You can:

  • choose three settings for the mouse speed of clicking
  • choose right- or left-handed use
  • affect the visibility and size of the mouse pointers
  • choose the speed of the points
  • affect motion.

Again, the BBC’s My Web, My Way site advises further on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/An external link opening in a new window.

Keyboard settings

You can change:

  • the time that elapses before a held down key starts repeating
  • how quickly characters are repeated when you hold down a key
  • the rate at which the cursor blinks.

Again, the BBC’s My Web, My Way site advises further on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/An external link opening in a new window.

Useful accessibility links

AbilityNet offers a great deal of information on how you can set your computer to make it work for you.
http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/ An external link opening in a new window.

Microsoft offers guidance on the various ways on interacting with their software.
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/default.aspx An external link opening in a new window.

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Using Portable Document Files ("PDFs")

Sometimes you'll find items on the website that are provided in a "PDF" format. You'll need to have Adobe Reader® - Version 5 or above on your computer to read these documents. If you do not have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can get it free from the Adobe website at: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.

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