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Accessibility Information

Our aim is to make this website accessible by ensuring that it can be used effectively and as easily as possible by everyone. To this end we have built in special features for mobility and visibility impaired users. Please read the document below for full details of all the features supported by this site.

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Key Features

Many websites contain significant barriers to access by not considering disabled users in the design phase. Our website has followed a number of key guidelines to ensure that it is accessible as possible.

Features include:

  • Proportional text sizing
  • All images contain alternative text
  • Minimal use of client-side scripts
  • Easy to use navigation around the site including:
    - constant menus
    - site map
  • Keyboard navigation
  • An accessibility and user preferences guide (below)
  • HTML text
  • 'Skip Navigation' links for users browsing with screen-reader software
  • Simple use of layout tables which still allow content to read when the tables are linearised or displayed in a simple browser such as Lynx
  • All data tables and forms contain additional markup that may help assistive technologies such as screen readers
  • Use of style sheets to separate content from display
  • Appropriate use of HTML tags

This website has been optimised for access by users with visual or mobility impairments.

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Keyboard Access

Listed below are keyboard shortcut commands available from the navigation bar of this site. These commands are designed to help users with difficulty in using pointing devices such as a mouse.

To activate these shortcuts in Internet Explorer, hold down the ‘alt’ key and press the relevant shortcut key, followed by ‘Enter’. In Netscape you do not need to press ‘Enter’.

1 - Home

2 - Resources

3 - Organisations

4 - Regions

5 – Themes

6 – For Children

7 –About CRIN

a – Accessibility

b - Site Map

s - Skip navigation

The ‘Skip Navigation’ link allows users to jump straight to the main content on the page. This is useful when viewing pages with screen reader software as it negates the need to listen to the navigation links being read back on every page.

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Hints and Tips

Setting the font size - IE 5.0 and above
When using a screenreader it is always best to make the font as small as possible. This stops the text from wrapping which allows the screenreader to read it more easily.

- Under the View menu there is the option Text sizes.
- Change the size to Smallest from the submenu.

If you are not using a screenreader but would like to see larger text, use the option above, and choose ‘Larger’ or ‘Largest’.

Setting the fonts - NN 6.0 and above
Use the following procedure to change the fonts in Netscape Version 6 and above.

Select Text Zoom from the Edit menu to reveal the different options.


PDFs

Many of the downloadable documents available within this site are in Portable Document Format (PDF). This is a standard adopted by many organisations worldwide, and is a reliable format for electronic document exchange that preserves document integrity so files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms.

In order to view a PDF document, you need free software called Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe. However PDFs are not easily accessible to all users so Adobe has developed a method of converting PDF documents into HTML (normal web pages), a more accessible format for assistive technologies.

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Printing

As standard web pages are wider than A4 paper, printing pages from this site will result in cropping of the right hand side of the page. To remedy this, set your printers' paper option to 'Landscape' mode.

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Screen Settings

The web pages will look and function as intended, ideally at a display setting of at least 800 x 600 pixels.

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Common Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Internet Explorer

To move to the next link, click TAB.
To move to the previous link, click SHIFT TAB.
To activate a selected link, click ENTER.
To find text on the current page, click CTRL F.
To go to next page, click SHIFT BACKSPACE OR ALT RIGHT ARROW.
To go to previous page, click BACKSPACE OR ALT LEFT ARROW.
To scroll toward the beginning of a document in larger increments, click PAGE UP.
To scroll toward the end of a document in larger increments, click PAGE DOWN.
To move to the beginning of a document, click HOME.
To move to the end of a document, click END.
To refresh the current page, click F5 key or CTRL R.
To print the current page or active frame, click CTRL P.
To select all, click CTRL A.
To copy selection, click CTRL C.
To display a shortcut menu for a hyperlink, click SHIFT F10 key.
To close the Window, click CTRL W.
To quit Program, click ALT F4 key.

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