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Capability Scotland is committed to producing websites and web resources that can be accessed by all users.
This page describes some of the features that have been incorporated into this site.

We are working hard to ensure that almost all our publicly available pages produced on Capability Scotland's website will conform to at least World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) to Double-A standard and validate against the Bobby website accessibility software. There maybe pages within the site that do not conform to both W3C and Bobby, however we will be working in the future to overcome this.

Current Standards Compliance

The majority of pages on this site are Bobby approved, complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

The majority of stylesheets used to control layout and presentation of the pages on this site validate to the W3C CSS standard.

Tab Indexing

Links in the site have been given a tab weighting to allow quick access to each link.  The order for tab indexing in a page is as follows:

  • Main navigation
  • Breadcrumb navigation
  • Sub-Section navigation
  • Content links.

Text Size

If you need to change the size of the text on the page, most Internet browsers will allow users to change the font size.  However when changing your browser settings, keep this information in mind:

  • Bigger text means less information on the screen at any one time and more scrolling.
  • You may need to click on the 'Refresh' or 'Reload' button for changes to take effect.

How to change the settings of the following browsers

Internet Explorer (IE)

To change font sizes in IE:

IE7: From the Page menu, choose the Text size option

IE6 and below: From the View menu, choose the Text size option

To change colour and font settings in IE:

From the Tools menu, choose Internet OptionsSelect the Accessibility... button (bottom right)By checking the desired checkboxes, you can force the browser to ignore the colours, font styles and font sizes

To disable images in IE

From the Tools menu, choose Internet OptionsSelect the Advanced tab (top right).  Scroll down to the Multimedia sectionUntick the checkbox labelled Show pictures

Mozilla Firefox

To change font sizes in Firefox

From the View menu, choose the Text Size option

To change colour and font settings in Firefox

On OSX: With Firefox in focus, select the Firefox menu, followed by Preferences

On other platforms:

From the Tools menu, choose Options>Select the Content tab. To select font Within the Fonts & Colors section, select the default font and size from the drop-down menusClicking the Advanced... will display a new dialog. To enforce your previous font selection, untick the checkbox Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above

To select colours:

Within the Fonts & Colors section, click the Colors... button.  The dialog that appears allows you to select a colour palette that best suits you.  To enforce your colour selection, untick the checkbox

Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above

To disable images in Firefox

On OSX: With Firefox in focus, select the Firefox menu, followed by PreferencesOn other platforms: From the Tools menu, choose OptionsSelect the Content tabUntick the checkbox labelled Load images automatically

Apple Safari

Safari  is the browser provided by OSX   -  to change text size for all the pages you view in Safari:Click on the ' Safari ' menu with the mouse and then then click on ' Preferences ' or press ' Command (Apple) and ',' (Comma).Click on the ' Appearance ' icon .Click on ' Select ' next to ' Standard font: ' box.

This will bring up the ' Fonts ' window click on font size you want under the ' Sizes ' heading .Click on the ' Fonts ' box close button.

Click on the ' Appearance ' window close button to return to Safari.Note: Mac key convention: ' Ctrl ' is used for 'Control', ' Apple ' is used for 'Command' and ' Alt ' is used for the 'Option' key .Note:  keyboard shortcuts for increasing text size in Firefox, Safari and Explorer 7 are : Windows  - 'Ctrl'  and '+'Apple OSX  'Command (Apple)' and ' +'And for decreasing  in Windows 'Ctrl' and '-'  and using OSX Command' and '-' 
Note: Firefox is open source program and as such there are add ons which provide toolbars such as 'Accessibar' which allows the changing of text size, text colour, background colour, link colour, line spacing, hiding graphics and text to speech utilities.  Another example is the Hawking toolbar which allows switch access and control.  More information on add-ons for Firefox at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Links

Links have title attributes that describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.  Please note that most external links (links to other websites) will open up in a new browser window.

Images

All content images should include descriptive ALT attributes.  Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.Visual DesignThis site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.Public areas of this site use only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified 'text size' option in visual browsers.

If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets the content of each page is still readable.

Documents

Many of the documents in this site are PDFs and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, which is available as a free Download.