ACCESSIBILITY

Website Accessibility

At NECA, we are committed to providing relevant information and services to everyone. This means that no matter where you are located, how you use the internet and what impairments you might have, you should still be able to access the information you need.

With this in mind we have been very careful to make this website as accessible as we can. There are a number of facilities that we have built into the site to make this possible and this page explains what they are.

Changing Text size, font colour and turning off images

We have coded our pages so that it should be possible for you to easily increase or decrease the size of the site’s text using your browser’s built in controls. You might find that some of the header graphics don’t change in size but you should always be able to access alternative versions of these graphics by hovering over them to reveal a pop-up in Internet Explorer, or by right-clicking on them with your mouse and selecting Properties in most other browsers.

Changing your settings for Internet Explorer on a PC

Font size

Select the ‘Tools’ menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
Select ‘Internet Options’ from the Tools menu.
Click on the ‘General’ tab.
Click on the ‘Accessibility…’ button.
To change your font size, check the box marked ‘Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages’
Click on the ‘OK’ button on this tab and then on the ‘OK’ button on the Internet Options tab.
Select the ‘View’ menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
Select ‘Text Size’ from the menu – another menu listing possible sizes will appear. Select the option that you require.

Font style

Select the ‘Tools’ menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
Select ‘Internet Options’ from the Tools menu.
Click on the ‘General’ tab.
Click on the ‘Fonts…’ button.
Change your font using the ‘Web page font’ drop down.
Click on the ‘OK’ button on this tab and then on the ‘OK’ button on the Internet Options tab.

Font and Background colour

Select the ‘Tools’ menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
Select ‘Internet Options’ from the Tools menu.
Click on the ‘General’ tab.
Click on the ‘Colors…’ button.
Check the box next to ‘Use Windows colors’, allowing you access to change the colours yourself.
Select your own Text, Background and link colours from those available.
Click on the ‘OK’ button on this tab and then on the ‘OK’ button on the Internet Options tab.

Images

Select the ‘Tools’ menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
Select ‘Internet Options’ from the Tools menu.
Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab.
Scroll down the page until you reach the Multimedia category.
Uncheck the box next to ‘Show pictures’
Click on the ‘OK’ button.

Changing your settings for Internet Explorer for Apple Mac

Font size and style

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the menu.
Click on ‘web content’, under ‘Web Browser’, in the left-hand pane.
Deselect the button marked ‘show style sheets’.
Select ‘Language/Fonts’, under ‘Web Browser’, in the left-hand pane.
Select the font size and style you require.
Click on ‘OK’ to close the popup.

Font, Background colour and Images

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Internet Explorer browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘web content’, under ‘Web Browser’, in the left-hand pane.
Ensure that the button marked ‘show style sheets’ is deselected.
Select your own Text, Background and link colours from those available in the ‘Page & Link’ section.
If you want your links to appear underlined then check the ‘Underline links’ box.
To turn off pictures uncheck the box marked ‘Show pictures’ under ‘Page Content’.
Click on ‘OK’ to close the popup.

Change your settings for Netscape, Firefox or Mozilla on a PC (These instructions are based on Netscape 7).

Font Size and Style

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘Appearance’ in the ‘Category’ box on the left of the pop-up. Then select ‘Fonts’ from the Appearance menu.
Change your font’s size using the ‘Size (pixels)’ drop down on the right of the screen.
Change your font face using one of the dropdown menus under the ‘Typeface’ title. In general Sans-serif fonts tend to be easier to read than Serif fonts. If you wish to choose a Serif font you need to set the ‘Proportional’ dropdown to ‘Sans serif’ before making your choice.
Finally, uncheck the box entitled ‘Allow documents to use other fonts’. This will force your browser to display pages in the style you have chosen.
NB – you can use Netscape to ensure that fonts are never displayed in a size smaller than the minimum you can see. To do so, choose a font size from the ‘Minimum font size’ dropdown.
Click OK within the pop-up and your page will change to reflect your settings.

Netscape also allows you to choose your font size using the ‘View’ menu. To use this facility follow these steps
Select the ‘View’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Text Zoom’ from the View menu.
The menu that appears allows you to select a percentage text size from a list, or simply to make your text smaller or larger. Choose your required option from those displayed.

Keyboard shortcuts to increase or decrease text size

Smaller : Ctrl and –
Larger : Ctrl and +

Font and Background Colours

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘Appearance’ in the ‘Category’ box on the left of the pop-up. Then select ‘Colors’ from the Appearance menu.
Choose the colours that you require from the ‘Text and Background’ and ‘Link Colors’ options by clicking on the colour boxes and choosing one of the available colours.
Ensure that the ‘Use system colors’ box is unchecked.
If you want your links to appear underlined then check the ‘Underline links’ box.
Click on the radio button next to ‘Use my chosen colors, ignoring the colors and background image specified’. This will force all pages to be displayed using your settings.
Click OK within the pop-up and your page will change to reflect your settings.

Images

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘Privacy & Security’ in the ‘Category’ box on the left of the pop-up. Then select ‘Images’ from the Privacy and Security menu.
To turn images off, click on the radio button next to ‘Do not load any images’. To turn them on, click on ‘Accept all images’
Click OK within the pop-up and your page will change to reflect your settings.

Change your settings for Netscape or Mozilla on a Mac

Font Size and Style

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘Appearance’ in the ‘Category’ box on the left of the pop-up. Then select ‘Fonts’ from the Appearance menu.
Change your font size using the ‘Size (pixels)’ drop down on the right of the screen.
Change your font face using one of the dropdown menus under the ‘Typeface’ title. In general Sans-serif fonts tend to be easier to read than Serif fonts. If you wish to choose a Serif font you need to set the ‘Proportional’ dropdown to ‘Sans serif’ before making your choice.
Finally, uncheck the box entitled ‘Allow documents to use other fonts’. This will force your browser to display pages in the style you have chosen.
Click OK within the pop-up and your page will change to reflect your settings.

Netscape also allows you to choose your font size using the ‘View’ menu. To use this facility follow these steps
Select the ‘View’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Text Size’ from the View menu.
The menu that appears allows you to select a percentage text size from a list, or simply to make your text smaller or larger. Choose your required option from those displayed.

Keyboard shortcuts to increase or decrease text size

Smaller : Cmd and –
Larger : Cmdl and +

Font and Background Colours

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘Appearance’ in the ‘Category’ box on the left of the pop-up. Then select ‘Colors’ from the Appearance menu.
Choose the colours that you require from the ‘Text and Background’ and ‘Link Colors’ options by clicking on the colour boxes and choosing one of the available colours.
Ensure that the ‘Use system colors’ box is unchecked.
If you want your links to appear underlined then check the ‘Underline links’ box.
Click on the radio button next to ‘Use my chosen colors, ignoring the colors specified’. This will force all pages to be displayed using your settings.
Click OK within the pop-up and your page will change to reflect your settings.

Images

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Netscape browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘Privacy & Security’ in the ‘Category’ box on the left of the pop-up. Then select ‘Images’ from the Privacy and Security menu.
To turn images off, click on the radio button next to ‘Do not load any images’. To turn them on, click on ‘Accept all images’
Click OK within the pop-up and your page will change to reflect your settings.

Change your settings for Opera on a PC (These instructions are based on Opera 7).

Font Size, Face, Colour, Style and Background colour
Select the ‘File’ menu within your Opera browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the File menu.
Click on ‘Fonts and colors’ in the box on the left of the pop-up.
Opera gives you very detailed facilities for changing the appearance of each type of text on your page. The most used styles are ‘Normal’ and ‘Heading 1’. To change these, click on their entry in the ‘My fonts and colors’ scrolling box, and then click on the ‘Choose’ button to the right of the scrolling box. Select a font face, style, size and colour from the options available and click on ‘OK’.
NB – you can use Opera to ensure that fonts are never displayed in a size smaller than the minimum you can see. To do so, enter a font size into the ‘Minimum font size [pixels]’ box.
To change the background colour of your page click on the ‘Choose’ button to the right of the ‘Background color’ text. Choose a colour from those available and click on ‘OK’.
If you want to change how links appear within your page then click on the ‘My link style…’ button and make a selection from those available.
When you are happy with all of your settings, click on ‘Apply’. Review your page and if it appears as required click on ‘OK’

Page size

Opera offers an unusual feature that allows you to enlarge the size of your page as a whole. To use this facility, follow these steps
Select the ‘View’ menu within your Opera browser.
Select ‘Zoom’ from the File menu.
Select your required zoom ratio from those offered.

Images

Select the ‘File’ menu within your Opera browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the File menu.
Click on ‘Multimedia’ in the box on the left of the pop-up.
To turn images off, click on the radio button next to ‘Show no images’. To turn images on, click on ‘Show images’.

Change your settings for Opera on a Mac

Font Size, Face, Colour, Style and Background colour

Select the ‘Edit’ menu within your Opera browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the Edit menu.
Click on ‘Fonts and colors’ in the box on the left of the pop-up.
Opera gives you very detailed facilities for changing the appearance of each type of text on your page. The most used styles are ‘Normal’ and ‘Heading 1’. To change these, click on their entry in the ‘My fonts and colors’ scrolling box, and then click on the ‘Choose’ button at the bottom of the scrolling box. Select a font face, style, size and colour from the options available and click on ‘OK’.
NB – you can use Opera to ensure that fonts are never displayed in a size smaller than the minimum you can see. To do so, enter a font size into the ‘Minimum font size [pixels]’ box.
To change the background colour of your page click on the ‘Background colour’ box. Choose a colour from those available and click on ‘OK’.
If you want to change how links appear within your page then click on the ‘My link style…’ button and make a selection from those available.
When you are happy with all of your settings, click on ‘Apply’. Review your page and if it appears as required click on ‘OK’

Images

Select the ‘File’ menu within your Opera browser.
Select ‘Preferences’ from the File menu.
Click on ‘Multimedia’ in the box on the left of the pop-up.
To turn images off, click on the radio button next to ‘Show no images’. To turn images on, click on ‘Show images’.

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