Applewood Independent recognises and values the provision of information on this website in a format which is accessible to all, regardless of ability or disability.
To ensure that this happens, we have programmed our website following published accessibility guidelines. The site is developed using valid XHTML and cascading style sheets. You may confirm the validity of our XHTML and CSS using these links: XHTML1.0 CSS 3
What is an accessible website?
An accessible site is one that accommodates the full range of users. Designing for accessibility therefore means accepting that, for online information, there is:
An accessible website does not exclude anybody due to:
Accessible websites prioritise clear content, structure and ease of navigation over frilly aspects of design, however they also need not be visually unattractive, nor are they prevented from using the latest web technologies, provided that all information is still accessible to users.
If you struggle generally when using websites, using a mouse or reading web text, then here are a few tips on making our site more user friendly for yourself.
1. Make text larger
You may also use your browser settings to change the text size for all the websites that you visit. The technique for doing this is slightly different depending on the browser that you use:
Other browsers may also have similar options available. Please consult the documentation provided with your browser if similar options to the ones above aren't available.
2. Navigate using your keyboard
You can use your keyboard to help you move around the page:
(use the enter key to navigate to that page once you have selected link you require)
3. Alternatives to using a mouse.
If you are a Windows user and have difficulties using a mouse, you might prefer to use tools such as "MouseKeys". This allows you to use the number pad on your keyboard to move the pointer. MouseKeys can be turned on by pressing the key combination Left Shift + Left Alt + Num Lock. If this doesn't work, you can do it via Accessibility options within Control Panel:
Start -> Settings -> Control Panel (or Start -> Control Panel in Windows XP). Click Accesibility Options and then the Mouse tab (or press Ctrl + Tab until it is at the front), and turn on MouseKeys.
For Windows Vista & 7, Start -> Control Panel -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center; use this section to optimize your computer for accessibility including mouse keys, speech settings and keybord settings,
4. Bookmark your favourite pages
To find your favourite pages again quickly, Press Ctrl + D (in most browsers) to add the page which you are viewing to your Bookmarks. You can also do this in the toolbar Favourites menu (called Bookmarks if you use Safari browser on the mac).
5. Use a speech browser
You might find it easier to have the website read out. There are various options for screen readers and talking browsers. The BBC has published information which you may find useful if you wish to use such technology. Follow this link to view information on making your computer talk .
6. Could we improve your browsing experience?
Let us know how you find using this site by clicking here to give us feedback. If you have difficulty with any aspect, we might be able to help.
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