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This index page had become very crowded so a number of items have been moved elsewhere on the site. While many pages continue as they were I revise a number of them frequently:

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The BBC has some help regarding accessibility of the internet at http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/ , http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/ and Microsoft deals with this for Windows 7  at http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/windows7/

  1. For people with poor vision I suggest that the EASIEST way is to make the text larger by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the + key. To reduce it press Ctl and the - key You may find that the setting remains even after you have shut down. Press Ctl + Zero (at the top) to return the page to normal size. Alternatively, use CTL and a scroll wheel on a mouse.
  2. OR you can change the size and style of web page type. In Internet Explorer click Tools, Internet Options, Fonts and also View, Text size.
  3. With Start, Settings, Control Panel, Accessibility Options you can experiment with the Display Settings and High Contrast. The shortcut to turn this on or off is LEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN.
  4. Internet Explorer  has a zoom option on the bottom right of each website screen.
  5. In addition Windows provides a magnifier which is turned on by going to Start, Run and typing Magnify and clicking OK.
  6. You can try setting the screen resolution is set no higher than 800 x 600. Right click a space on the desktop, Properties, Settings and move the slider to the left. Everything will be bigger.
  7. Later Windows have a Speech Recognition program. See Windows Key + U then 'Using the PC without a mouse or keyboard.. Start by printing the list of commands. It can even be used to open and run programs.
  8. Windows also has an on-screen keyboard, which can be operated with mouse clicks or even by using one key or a joystick. It even has a 'hover' mode (instead of click)

It is suggested the blind and partially sighted people should get a page reader. Later Windows have a tolerably good 'narrator' with adjustable voices, pitch and speed. Or you can download one from www.browsealoud.com or a new one called Thunder from www.screenreader.net (XP, NT and Windows 2000) You may find that downloading the WebbIE browser helps these programs. Free from www.webbie.org.uk And, if you use Firefox as your browser take a look at http://www.firevox.clcworld.net/about.html, the developer of Fire Vox, the screen reader for Firefox.
For this reason all graphics on this site have alternative text, if you hover the mouse over a picture.

Incidentally, Audio Description (AD) - an extra commentary describing body language, expressions and movements - may be available on digital TV and in some theatres and cinemas.

Some of the 'pages' on this site are very long indeed. If you wish to print a small section of a page just 'select' that section with the mouse, then go to File, Print. When the printer page is displayed make sure you click 'Selection'. Otherwise you may find the 'page' is actually 15!

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