Accessibility

Using this site

The Middlesbrough Advice Partnership website has been built to be as accessible to a large a percentage of the population as possible, including those people with visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities and those using less common browsers, PDAs and mobile phones.

 

Web Standards

All web pages produced for this website are written to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard, use Cascading Style Sheets for presentation and aim to meet the “AA” conformance level of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This means that this website should be able to be viewed in all modern browsers, regardless of platform or device. We have used a popular and widely available assistive browsing application called Window-Eye to ensure the web site is usable by partially sighted users who may be using a screen reader. There are several different readers available, some of which are free to users.

Some older browsers, (for example Internet Explorer 6 and earleir) do not fully comply with these web standards. A minority of our visitors still use these browsers and, as a result, will not experience the site as we have intended. They will be able to read the pages and navigate the site, but the site will look basic in comparison.

 

Text Size

Users of Internet Explorer 7 and 8 can change the size of text on this web site by the 'Text Size' option from the 'Page' menu in your toolbar. You can then select from Largest, Larger, Medium, Smaller and Smallest settings.

Users of Internet Explorer 9 can increase and decrease the zoom level (which enlarges or shrinks all objects on the page) by holding down their CTRL key and pressing + to increase or - to decrease the zoom level. To return back to the default size hold down CTRL and press zero.

If you prefer, you can access the same options from settings (cog) menu icon on the toolbar and selecting the 'Zoom (100%)' option. You can then select to zoom in or out, or choose a specific zoom level.

Users of recent versions of Firefox can increase and decrease the zoom level (which enlarges or shrinks all objects on the page) by holding down their CTRL key and pressing + to increase or - to decrease the zoom level. To return back to the default size hold down CTRL and press zero.

In earlier versions that display a menu bar (or later versions if enabled), in addition to the keyboard method above, you can increase and decrease the zoom level via the 'View' menu.

Users of Safari on the Mac can change the size of text on this web site by selecting View, Text Size and then select Increase, Decrease or Normal. If you prefer to use a keyboard short cut then click in the page, hold down OPTION and press + to increase font size or hold down OPTION and press - to decrease text size. To return the size of text to normal hold down OPTION and press zero.

 

How to use PDF files

This site uses ‘portable document format’ (PDF) files. In order to view these documents you will need Adobe Reader software. This software is included on many systems but if it is not on yours you can go to the Adobe site and download it for free.

To install free Acrobat Reader software on your computer, download directly from the Adobe Website.

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