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Accessibility of www.shu.ac.uk

Many internet users with disabilities find websites difficult or even impossible to use simply because of the way they are designed. We have a responsibility under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Act (SENDA) to ensure our pages are accessible to all, and we take this responsibility very seriously.

We work hard to ensure our site is compatible with various types of adaptive technology used by people with disabilities. Our templates are designed to reach compliance with World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative (W3CWAI) Priority 2 (AA) and some Priority 3 (AAA) success criteria, which means that the code they are written in should display correctly in current and future browsers. It also means that, using tools within your own browser, you can tailor how you view our website to suit your needs.

Our aim is to meet the accepted standards and guidelines - if you come across a part of our site that is difficult to use, we apologise and would be grateful if you could email us at creativedigital@shu.ac.uk. Your feedback is an invaluable part of the process of improving our site.

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For guidance on customising how you view our website, please see the guides below.

Changing text size and magnify the screen
Plain layout
Change text and background colours
Access keys
Printing pages

NB: Instructions are given for the five most popular browsers used on our site; Internet Explorer 6+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Chrome 2+, Safari 4+, Opera 9+. These will be periodically reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date. Web browsers should be designed to meet WAI guidelines and we have included instructions where individual features are supported.

Changing text size and magnifying the screen

Most web browsers include the functionality to increase or decrease text size in order to make it easier to read, some include the functionality to magnify the entire content of a web page and some include both features.

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Click on the 'Page' icon in the menu bar, then select 'Text size' and choose your preferred text size

Click on the 'Page' icon in the menu bar, then select 'Zoom' and choose 'Zoom in', 'Zoom out' or your preferred percentage increase or decrease

Internet Explorer 6
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, then select 'Text size' and choose your preferred text size

Mozilla Firefox 3 and above
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, then select 'Zoom' and choose 'Zoom in', 'Zoom out' or 'Zoom Text Only'

Mozilla Firefox 2 and below
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, then select 'Text size' and choose 'Increase' or 'Decrease'

Click on 'View' in the menu bar, then select 'Zoom' and choose 'Zoom in' or 'Zoom out'

Google Chrome 22 and above
Click the 'Customize and control Google Chrome' icon in the menu bar, then select 'Zoom' and click the plus (+) or minus (-) buttons

Google Chrome
Click on the 'Page' icon in the menu bar, then select 'Zoom' and choose 'Larger', 'Normal' or 'Smaller'

Opera
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, then select 'Zoom' and your preferred percentage increase or decrease

Safari
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, then select 'Make Text Bigger' or 'Make Text Smaller'

Plain layout

For a plain layout version of our website, you can switch off the stylesheet. This changes the text to black on a white background (unless your browser settings specify otherwise) and displays it in a single column, as well as removing any background images (but leaving content images).

Internet Explorer
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, select 'Style' then 'No style'

Mozilla Firefox
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, select 'Page style' then 'No style'

Opera
Click on 'View' in the menu bar, select 'Style' then 'User mode'

Change text and background colours

Many browsers provide functionality to set different aspects of font and color. Below are examples of how to access this functionality.

Internet Explorer
Click on 'Tools' in the menu bar and select 'Internet options'. Select 'Accessibility' and check 'Ignore colors specified by webpages'

To further customise web page colours from 'Internet options' select 'Colors' and un-check 'Use Windows colors'. You can now customise text, background, visited links and unvisited links

Mozilla Firefox
Click on 'Tools' in the menu bar and select 'Options' ('Firefox' > 'Preferences' on Mac). Select the 'Content' tab and select 'Colours' to customise webpage colours

Opera
Click on 'Tools' in the menu bar ('Opera' on Mac) and select 'Preferences'. Select the 'Webpages' tab to customise font, background and link colours.

Access keys

Access keys are shortcuts that give keyboard or screen-reader users quick navigation through the website or a webpage.

Our site has the following access keys

  1. Home page
  2. Skip to content
  3. Site map
  4. Search
  5. Skip to main navigation
  6. Skip to quicklinks navigation
  7. Skip to footer
  8. Skip to top of page
  9. Contact
  10. Accessibility and access key help

To use access keys follow the instructions below.

Internet Explorer
Alt + access key, release both then press Enter

Mozilla Firefox
Alt + Shift + access key (Ctrl + Shift + access key on Mac)

Google Chrome
Alt + access key (Ctrl + access key on Mac)

Opera
Shift + Escape, release both then press access key

Printing pages

All pages on our website are printer-friendly. When you print a page only the necessary information is kept - navigation items and non-essential images are removed and the layout is optimised to be easy to read.

Sheffield Hallam University is not responsible for the content of external websites.

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