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Ecanus•net :: Accessibility

Web Standards

The site is designed to display correctly on all modern browsers (the software you use to view websites), and uses valid XHTML and CSS. This gives it the best chance of looking right on all the browsers out there. Not all browsers were created equal though, and some browsers don't always play nice. You may, if you happen to have more than one browser on your computer, notice a few minor differences in the way things display, but nothing should be too broken – if it is (though I do check myself) please let me know.

Resizing Text

If you find the text is too large or too small for you to read comfortably, there are many different ways you can adjust it, depending on your browser and the platform (Windows or Mac etc.) you're using. The site is designed to allow users to re–size the text to their personal preference. Increasing font size will make the letters on the page larger. Decreasing the font size will make the letters smaller – therefore you'll see more of the page at once.

Method 1 – The Mouse

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If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel hold down the CTRL(Control) key on your keyboard and scroll the wheel – on a Mac system the Ctrl key is called the "command" key (the one with the apple logo on it). This adjusts the text size on most platforms and browsers. Scrolling one way increases the text size, and scrolling the other decreases the text size – the direction of scroll can be different for some browsers, so you'll need to try scrolling both ways to find the best font size for you. This might not work on all systems though, or of course if your mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel, therefore you might need to use one of the other methods described below.

Method 2 – The Browser

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The method of altering text sizes varies between the different browsers. The methods for most of the most commonly used browsers are shown here. If instructions for your browser aren't shown here, you can usually find out how you can alter the text size on your browser by looking under the "View" menu. You should find an option called "text zoom", "text magnification", "text size", or "font size".

Internet Explorer 7+

Select Text Size from the View menu, and the choose the size you want.

Internet Explorer 5+

In the 'View' menu you'll find 'Text Size', which has a sub–menu. The sub-menu has the items 'Largest', 'Larger', 'Medium', 'Smaller', and 'Smallest'. One of these will be marked; this is your current font size. Just click whichever font size you want to select it.

Mozilla Firefox

Select Text Size from the View menu, and choose 'increase', 'decrease' or 'normal' as appropriate. You can also hold down the 'Ctrl' (the 'Command' key on Macs) key and press the keys '+' or '-' to increase or decrease your font size.

Netscape Navigator (7.0+)

Select 'Text Zoom' from the 'View' menu, and change the 'Zoom Percentage'. This only increases the size of text and not images.

Opera (8.0+)

Zoom the entire page, adjusting the size of images as well as text by selecting 'Zoom' from the 'View' menu and then altering the percentage zoom. You can also choose a different style mode such as "accessibility mode" by selecting 'View' and then changing the preferred Style.

Method 3 – The System Font

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Sometimes, adjusting the font size in your browser may not be enough (and adusting font sizes in your browser will only affect viewing web pages, not other things you use your computer for). It may be necessary to change your 'system font' size, which will affect the size of all text on your screen, not just web pages. The methods for changing the system font size differ between different operating systems and different versions of operating system software. You can find tutorials on how to change the system settings on different versions of Windows software on Microsoft's website and for options available for changing display options for Macs, see the accessibility section of Apple's website.

'Skip' Links

'Skip Links' are included on each page (top right hand corner). These take you directly to either the page's main contents, or to the main pages of the site, depending on which link you choose. Skip links are particularly useful for those using text readers so that they can skip the navigation and go straight to the main content on a page.

Navigating the site without a mouse or pointing device

Access keys (keyboard shortcuts, usually used by pressing two or more keys to activate a link) aren't used on this site as access keys can conflict with system keys, keyboard shortcuts, and particular combinations of keys used by various browsers. It's possible to navigate the site though without the use of a mouse, by 'tabbing' between links using the 'TAB' key on your keyboard. Once a link is tabbed onto, it can be activated by pressing the 'enter' key. You can also use the TAB key to 'tab' down the fields in forms.

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