How can we make this website more accessible for you?
At KEMS we want to make sure that everyone has an equal chance to benefit from what
we have to offer. So, we’ve included a range of different accessibility tools to
help you get the most out of this website.
They’re designed around the things that people tell us would make the site easier
for them to use.
Good to know: This website also follows Government accessibility guidelines and the
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v1.0. If you need more in-depth information
about accessibility, including some of the other features this site uses, you can
find it here.
It would be better if things were bigger
This site allows you to magnify things in two different ways.
1. You can increase everything on the page, including text, images and navigation
elements all at once by using the zoom function.
2. You can increase only the size of the text, leaving other elements, such as images,
as they are. Instructions for different browsers are given below.
In Internet Explorer From
the top menu bar choose -View Menu > Text Size. Alternatively hold Alt + V, then
press X followed by Return.
In Firefox From the top menu bar choose -View Menu > Zoom
. Alternatively Hold Ctrl + PLUS SIGN(+) or Ctrl + HYPEN(-) or Ctrl +’0’. The three
options relate to increase, decrease or normal size options. It is important that
the ‘Zoom Text Only’ is selected.
In Safari Click on the ‘View’ menu with mouse – ‘Make
Text Bigger’ or ‘Make Text Smaller’. Alternatively, ‘Apple’ and ‘PLUS SIGN (+)’ or
‘ HYPEN (-)‘
In Opera Hold Alt + V, then press Z followed by 0 (zero). Opera also
allows you to press the + and – on the keyboard to increase and decrease the size
It would be better if things were higher contrast
If you have dyslexia or sight impairment you may find our ‘High Visibility’ option
more user-friendly. This changes both the text and background colour of the site
to give better contrast. It also increases the text size too.
It’s easy to switch to the ‘High Visibility’ setting – just click the button in the
top right hand corner of each page on the site.
It would be better if I could listen to the site instead
If you’d like to hear the sites content instead of reading them try the BrowseAloud
facility. It’s available to download for free via the link below.
You will be able to listen to the content on this website being read aloud to you.
You will also have the option to have text read aloud from PDF documents and secure
BrowseAloud is available for anyone to use, but is particularly useful if you have
literacy difficulties, dyslexia, mild visual impairment or English as a second language.
To download BrowseAloud, or to get more information about it, simply click on the
button below and it will take you to the BrowseAloud website.
So that BrowseAloud can help you we’ve designed our site to ensure the software can
read it successfully, including things like correct labelling on all forms and skip
In Internet Explorer Either click the Magnifying glass icon at the bottom right corner
of the Internet Explorer window. Or select the arrow to open the list of options
and select one. Alternatively, Hold Ctrl + PLUS SIGN(+) to zoom in, or CTRL + HYPEN
(-) to zoom out.
In Firefox From the top menu bar choose -View Menu > Zoom . Alternatively
Hold Ctrl + PLUS SIGN(+) or Ctrl + HYPEN(-) or Ctrl +’0’. The three options relate
to increase, decrease or normal size options. It is important that the ‘Zoom Text
Only’ is de-selected.
How we support universal accessibility
There are a number of ways in which we aim to support universal accessibility:
· a common design throughout
· use of cascading style sheets (CSS1) for visual layout. If your browser or browsing
device does not support style sheets, the content of each page should nevertheless
· use of relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text-size” option
in visual browsers
· all images have appropriate alternative text descriptions ("ALT text)
· if you use text-only or audio browsers you can “skip over” the main page navigation
buttons (rather than having to tab through them manually at the start of every page)
and jump immediately down to the main page content
· avoiding the use of frames
· links are written in such a way that you can predict where a link is likely to
take you. All links open in the same browser window unless otherwise specified
· Whenever Word and PDF files are provided on a page (usually for large, complex
documents) their file size is indicated, together with help and advice on how to
read them. Before you can read PDF files you will need the Adobe Acrobat viewer which
can be downloaded from www.adobe.com. Useful information on PDF files and their accessibility
is available at: access.adobe.com
· use of valid html code (HTML 4.01 transitional) to support aural and Braille technologies.
· all of our forms are designed to follow WAI and RNIB guidelines. Each form field
is labelled and you may use your tab button to move through the form.
· advice on changing your Text size.
Changing colours Changing the site’s background colour can be particularly useful
for users who rely on magnification technology, as white can produce an uncomfortable
glare. It is also possible to change the colour of body text on the site. Both can
be achieved by changing preferences in your browser.
Searching the website You can search the site from the search form at the top right
of each screen.
Further information on accessibility
1. W3 accessibility guidelines – a list of guidelines and the reasons behind
2. W3 accessibility techniques - how to implement the guidelines
3. W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility
4. Web Accessibility Initiative, background information on the WAI initiative
5. RNIB web accessibility resources, details of accessible information services
offered by RNIB
JAWS - a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available. Lynx
- a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays. Links
- a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth. Opera - a visual
browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user style
sheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows,
Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.