Accessibility for this site

2 March 2009

Accessibility

The new DAO website attempts to strike a balance between access and a clear, but visually striking layout. We wanted to allow the art that DAO represents to take the centre stage. What we have come up with takes the look of a pencil sketch of a layout.

DAO has been built with findability, accessibility and usability in mind, so we hope you can find, access and use the information you need. This page explains the accessibility features available on the web site. We are always happy to receive feedback via the helpline about accessibility on the web site.

Access Keys (shortcuts)

You can navigate to the sections this site using your keyboard. Available shortcuts are:

Home = 1

News = 2

Features = 3

Blogs = 4

Projects = 5

Listings = 6

Directory = 7

About DAO = 8

Contact us = 9

Site map = 10

Join our mailing list = 11

Accessibility for this site = 12

To use the access keys, you press the "Alt" key and the number or letter above, then press "Enter". On a Mac you press the "Ctrl" key and the number or letter.

Hearing websites

There are some programs available which allow your computer to talk to you.  Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program, offering speech feedback for all menus and dialog boxes, Windows Explorer and Notepad but will not speak out a whole Word documents or web page. There are however, a number of text to speech programs available any selected text to be spoken back to the user. (Window's Narrator is currently only available for Windows 2000 and XP)   **Mac OS:** > Go to '**System Preferences**' and select '**Universal Access**'. From here you can turn on the text to speech function.

Page Layout

The DAO website has been designed to change according to the device you are viewing it on. So you should find the text easy to read and the layout easy to follow.

Equally, users of screen reading software, should find the site layout easy to navigate and the image descriptions informative.

 

Text size

You can control the size of the text and change fonts if you wish. Here's how:

To change the text size in Internet Explorer (a typical Windows browser):

  • Select View in the menu bar
  • Select Text Size
  • You'll get a list of different font (text) size options –choose the size that's appropriate for you.

To change the text size in Safari (a typical Mac OS X browser):

  • Select the View menu from the Finder bar
  • Select Make Text Bigger and choose the size that's appropriate for you.
  • In addition to text size – the font type (i.e. Arial, Verdana, etc) is also selectable via the browser.

To display web page text in a different font in Internet Explorer:

  • Go to the Tools menu and click on Internet Options
  • On the General tab, click Fonts
  • In the Web page font and Plain text font lists, click on the fonts that you want to use.

Magnifying the screen

You could try magnifying the screen if increasing the text size does not make text easy to read.

Mac OS users:

Go to 'System Preferences' and click on 'Universal user'.  Here you can magnify the screen and have the option to turn on the 'text to speech' function.

Windows users:

All recent versions of Windows include magnification software.  This allows you to greatly increase text size, but is restricted to a small portion of the screen.

To use Windows magnifier click on the 'Start' menu, then select 'Programs', 'Accessories', 'Magnifier'.  The settings dialog box will appear; from here you can adjust the magnification as desired.


Using different stylesheets

Web developers, Surface Impression have used internationally standardised web design code. By using Strict HTML 4, combined with CSS 2.1, different Stylesheets affect how the site will appear in different browsers and on different computers. For more information about this, you can click one of the Icons at the bottom of the page to visit the ‘W3C' website.

 

You can find free tools to help you create your own stylesheet on the web.  By doing this you can specify the text colour, font type and size, background colours etc. to suit you.  Once you have created your own stylesheet you can apply it to our website.

Internet Explorer:

Click on the 'Tools' menu, then on 'Internet Options'.  This brings up a dialog box.  Select 'Accessibility'  to bring up another dialog box.  From here you can attach your stylesheet by ticking the 'Format documents using my style sheet' checkbox.  Click on the 'Browse' button and select the stylesheet you want to use.

Opera:

Go to 'File', 'Preferences' and select 'Page Style' from the list on the left hand side.  From the drop down menu next to 'Default Mode', select 'User Mode' from the list.  Click on the 'Choose' button under 'My Stylesheet' to find your stylesheet and attach it.

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If you have any comments or feedback regarding accessibility or even accessible features you’d like to see on the site, please visit the ‘Contact Us’ page and let us know.