We have tried to make this site as accessible as possible. The “text-only”
link in the green navigation bar at the top of the page should help people who use web pages by turning the text into speech.
The red and white “Accessibility options” box on the lefthand side of the screen, inside the green column, also contains a link to the text-only version of pages. The other accessibility options allow text to be enlarged and to be viewed in high contrast.
These shortcuts may be useful for people who find it difficult to use the mouse.
Keyboard shortcuts for people who use Microsoft Internet Explorer to
view web pages
- F1 displays the Internet Explorer Help
- F5 refreshes (reloads) the current web page
- ESC stops loading a page (useful if you get tired of waiting for a page to show on your screen)
- ALT + HOME goes to your homepage (the page which opens up on your computer
- when you go onto the internet)
- ALT + RIGHT ARROW goes to the next page
- ALT + LEFT ARROW goes to the previous page
- Ctrl + N opens a new browser window (so you don't have to leave one web page to look at another)
- TAB moves forward through the items on a web page, the address bar, and the links bar
- SHIFT + TAB moves back through the items on a web page, the address bar, and the links bar
Using the address bar shortcuts
- ALT + D selects the URL (web address - the line that starts http://) in the address bar
- F4 displays the history (pages you have visited recently) in the address bar
- Ctrl + D Adds the current page to your favourites (pages you want to visit again)
- Ctrl + B Opens the organise favourites box (which allows you to name favourites
- and put them in folders)
To use access keys in Internet Explorer 5/6:
- hold the ALT key and press the number/letter of the relevant access key(this highlights the correct link), then press RETURN
Internet Explorer 4:
- hold the ALT key and press the number/letter of the relevant access key.
Internet Explorer 4.5 for Mac:
- access keys are not supported
- access keys are supported in Netscape 6 - the user doesn't have to press RETURN unlike in IE 5/6.
Using the search button
If you can't find what you are looking for, you could try using the "Search" box on the lefthand side of the screen. Think of a simple description of what you would like information about eg: "driving" or "research", and then click "Go". If you still can't find what you are looking for you could try looking at the "Site map" which is similar to the contents page of a book. The link to the site map is on the right hand side of the green bar at the top of this web page.
If you still can't find what you are look for, please contact: email@example.com and a member of our information department will try to help with your query.
Downloaded files are files which you transfer from the internet to your computer. Documents are provided in a number of different formats for downloading from this website. For example, we have a page which has links to large print, doc, pdf and audio version of Alzheimer Scotland information (large print and audio file page) To view some of these document, you may need to download (transfer from the internet to your computer) the appropriate reader (a programme which will translate the file into a format your computer can understand):
This is a free program which allows you to read and print documents in their intended format (PDF - portable document format)
People with disabilities may find it useful to investigate access.adobe.com
for services provided to improve the accessibility of Acrobat documents. PDFs
(portable document format) may be read more easily with assistive technology using Acrobat Reader 5 with the Make Accessible plug-in, which ensures that they are completely accessible for screen readers and low-specification computers.
The Make Accessible plug-in can be downloaded for free from www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?hexID=88de.
Word documents (.doc format) may be read using Microsoft Word 97 or a more recent version. If you do not use MS Word, a Word reader can be downloaded from: Microsoft Word Viewer
RTFs (Rich Text Format) may be read using whatever word processing software is on your computer.
If you are still learning to use the internet the BBC's Webwise is very helpful
Freephone 0808 808 3000