Accessibility Tools

High contrast/text size tools we provide

Use the icons at the top left of the website to toggle on/off

contrasta high contrast version of the site

text size larger text size

You can use one or all of the accessibility features in combination.

Text size tools built in to your web browser

You can also use your browser’s inbuilt tools to change the text size for every website you visit

Google Chrome
  • Click ‘View’ to open the View menu
  • Click on ‘Zoom in’ or ‘Zoom Out’ or to use the keyboard shortcuts select
  • ‘Apple’ and ‘+’ (plus) or ‘Apple’ and ‘-’ (minus)
Internet Explorer
  • Click ‘View’ to open the View menu or press ‘Alt’ and ‘V’
  • Select the ‘Text Size’ option or select by pressing ‘X’
  • Choose your preferred text size using your mouse or use the up and down arrow keys
  • Click to select the text size or press ‘Enter’
  • The text size should change to reflect your choice
Firefox
  • Click ‘View’ to open the View menu
  • Select the ‘Text Size’ option
  • Select ‘Increase’ or ‘Decrease’
  • The text on our site should change to reflect your choice
Safari
  • Click ‘View’ to open the View menu
  • Click on ‘Make Text Bigger’ or ‘Make Text Smaller’ or to use the keyboard shortcuts select
  • ‘Apple’ and ‘+’ (plus) or ‘Apple’ and ‘-’ (minus)
  • The text size on our site should change to reflect your choice

You can also zoom in and out in most browsers by holding down Ctrl/Command and the minus or plus key.

The ReadSpeaker Listen function

If you have trouble reading text online, you may understand the website information more easily if the text is read to you. ReadSpeaker allows the text on this Link website to be read out loud to you. This makes our website more accessible and more pleasant to visit. You don’t have to download anything to use ReadSpeaker.

Listen to the page

Click the listen button to listen to the web page’s content.

Screenshot of listen button

An audio player appears (see image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text of the webpage out loud.

Screenshot of the control panel

In the control panel you can:

  • Pause/restart the reading
  • Stop the reading
  • Use the progress bar to navigate in the audio
  • Adjust the volume
  • Click the settings icon to adjust the behavior of the service
  • Click the download icon to download the audio file
  • Close the player

You can use tab/shift+tab to navigate inside the player and press enter to activate a certain button or link.

Listen to selected text

You can select a part of the text that you want to listen to and then press the pop-up Listen button that appears next to the mouse pointer. When you click the pop-up Listen button, an audio player appears (see the image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text you have selected.

Screenshot of pop-up player

Settings

In the settings menu, you can:

  • Choose whether you want to have the text highlighted while read
  • Choose whether you want the text highlighted on a word and sentence basis, sentence only, or word only
  • Choose style and colors for the highlighting
  • Choose whether you want the reading speed to be slow, medium, or fast
  • Choose whether you want the page to scroll automatically to follow the highlighted text
  • Choose whether you want the pop-up Listen button to be shown when text is selected

Screenshot of the settings page

For more information visit ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech website