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  1. How do I make the text bigger so that it is easier for me to read?

  2. How do I change colours so that the contrast is better for me?

  3. What are PDFs and how do I read them?

  4. My browser is out of date. How can I get a new one?

  5. How can I view a Microsoft Word file if I dont have Word software?

  6. Where can I learn more about accessibility?

How do I make the text bigger so that it is easier for me to read?

Using your browser controls

Using Internet Explorer, go to View > Text size > and select the size you want.

Using Netscape, go to View > Text zoom >  and select the size you want.

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How do I change colours so that the contrast is better for me?

To change the colour of the text and background your browser displays you need to find the 'Colors' option dialogue box.

Using Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet options > Colors.  Uncheck 'Use Windows colors' and select the colours you prefer.

Using Netscape, go to Edit > Preferences > Colors. Select 'Use my chosen colors'

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What are PDFs and how do I read them?

PDF stands for Portable Document File.  Its the most popular way of making downloadable documents available on the web.

You need a plug-in called Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.  You can download this free. Users who have concerns about accessibility should visit Adobe's accessibility website.

Adobe Acrobat documents can be converted to plain text documents using Adobe PDF Conversion by Simple Form.

The latest version of Acrobat Reader (version 6) has a Read Out Loud facility, which can be found under the View menu.

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My browser is out of date. How can I get a new one?

The most recent versions can be downloaded from the web.

  • Internet Explorer
  • Netscape

Many internet and computer magazines for sale in newsagents include giveaway CDs with copies of the latest browsers.  This can be quicker and easier than downloading browsers from the web, especially if you have a slow Internet connection.

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How can I view a Microsoft Word file if I dont have Word software?

A free Word viewer is available from Microsoft, where you can also find Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewers

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Where can I learn more about accessibility?

For more online help and web tips, visit the BBC's My Web, My Way website

If you have any problems accessing the content of this site or using any form of adaptive technology, please contact us and we will make every effort to solve the problem.

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