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Department for Culture Media and Sport

accessibility

Welcome to the DCMS Accessibility Pages


Adobe Acrobat
Access Keys
Browser Accessibility Features
Contact us
Downloading documents
External links
File sizes
Further help around the web
Help pages
Images
Increasing text size
Text only version


Access Keys

This website uses the UK government access keys system. To navigate using your keyboard, please hold down your 'Alt' key (Windows) or 'Ctrl' Key (Apple Macintosh) and press the relevant key from the following list. If you are using an Internet Explorer browser, you will then need to press 'Enter'.

Depending on your browser type use one of the following:

With Windows-based systems, in general, press the "Alt" key and the relevant access key:

if you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4 then press "Alt" and the relevant number/letter at the same time

if you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or later then press "Alt" and the relevant number/letter, then press the "Enter" key

if you are using Netscape version 6 or later, or Mozilla, then press "Alt" and the relevant number/letter at the same time

if you are using Firefox, then press then press "Alt" and the relevant number/letter at the same time.
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With Macintosh-based systems, press the "Ctrl" key and the relevant access key

0 - access keys (alt + 0)
1 - home
2 - RSS
3 - site map
6 - help

Full list of access keys

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Browser Accessibility Features

Most browsers have built in accessibility features such as the ability to change the colour of the text, turn off images and stylesheets, increase magnification.  For full details, visit the websites of the browser companies.

Microsoft - www.microsoft.com/enable
Apple - www.apple.com/accessibility
Linux – http://accessibility.kde.org/ or http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap
Mozilla Firefox - http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/options

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Increasing text size

Some users might find screen text easier to read by increasing the size at which text is displayed. To do this you should simply adjust your browser's settings.

If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the View menu, select Text Size and then either Larger or Largest.

If you use Netscape Navigator, go to the View menu and choose Increase Font until the text is the size you require.

If you use Firefox, go to the 'View menu', select 'Text Size' and then select 'Increase'.  You can have the same effect by using the keyboard and press the keys 'Ctrl' and '+' at the same time.


Text only version

You can view the DCMS website as a text only version.  This version displays the site in high contrast and large text; all information is automatically updated in line with the graphical version of the site.  The text only version may be preferable for visitors who have low vision.  It is also useful for access over low-bandwidth connections and for those who may be using older browsers.


External links

All external links on this website open in a new browser window (indicated by 'tool tip/alternative' text).

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Downloading documents

Documents on this website are provided in a variety of formats. The most common are Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF), Microsoft Word (MS Word) and Rich Text Format ( RTF). Most computers already have the software to open these document formats.

Software to open documents:


Documents in alternative formats

We can provide some publications in alternative formats, for example braille or audio.  Please  contact the Publicity Unit at publications@culture.gsi.gov.uk for details. 

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Adobe Acrobat support

PDF file standards have improved over the years and have become more accessible. However you may come across earlier versions of PDF files on our site which are not so accessible.

Adobe Acrobat Reader version 6 and above has incorporated accessibility features into standard readers.  For example, users can hear a PDF document read aloud, or scroll a PDF document automatically.  The read aloud feature can also translate the document  into a range of European languages.  You can access these features in the Edit Preferences menu.

If you use screen reader software (for example an audio-enabled web browser) which is not compatible with Adobe Reader, Adobe provide a free online tool which converts the content of PDF files to a format which can be understood by most screen reader applications.

Adobe online conversion tool

You can configure your web browser to open PDF files either within the browser window or in a separate Adobe Acrobat window. There are detailed instructions on the Acrobat website on how to do so for different browsers.

Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader is by far the most popular PDF viewer but there are several other viewers available for download that will allow you to view and print PDF documents on a variety of platforms and systems. The following sites may help:

PDF Zone - http://www.pdfzone.com/
Planet PDF - http://www.planetpdf.com/

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File sizes

We also endeavour to ensure that the size of "downloadable" documents, such as Word and Adobe Acrobat PDFs, are no more than 500kb. Documents over this size are clearly indicated.

Images

All images on this site include descriptive ALT (alternative text) attributes. Those that are purely decorative graphics or used for layout include null ALT attributes.

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Further help

Abilitynet's My Computer My Way provides good, clear advice on how to customise your browser, operating system or computer to benefit from their accessibility features.


Contact us

Help us make our site more accessible
If you have a solution to suggest, please feel free to do so to the DCMS web team via the following address: feedback@culture.gsi.gov.uk.

It would be helpful if your e-mail contained the following:

  • the url(http://collections.europarchive.org/tna/20071104143302/http://www.culture.gov.uk/www.culture.gov.uk/Templates/Front_Pages/s) (web-address) of the page(s) that you are having difficulties with
  • the nature of your disability
  • a description of the problem 


Help pages

You may also like to visit our help pages where there is more information about how to navigate our site.