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Teachers TV is committed to an accessible website for all users regardless of their ability.

The Teachers TV website does conform to W3C/WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Conformance Level AA. A continuous checking system (both automated and manual) ensures the website continues to conform to the guidelines and standards.

If you do not find the information you are looking for here, or would like to give us feedback on our site accessibility, please contact us and we will make every effort to help you.

Access keys and tab index

Some web browsers enable navigation links to be followed using keyboard access keys instead of a mouse. To use an access key, hold down the ALT key and press the appropriate letter. Then press RETURN to go to the desired page. You should be able to navigate freely through the site using the tab key.

The following access keys (based on the UK Government accesskeys standard) are available throughout the Teachers TV website.

  • S Skip navigation
  • 0 Accessibility
  • 1 Home
  • 2 About Us
  • 3 Site Map
  • 4 Search
  • 5 FAQ
  • 6 Help
  • 7 Video
  • 8 Terms of Use
  • 9 Contact us

Changing the appearance of the screen

You can alter the accessibility of the Teachers TV website by changing the on-screen appearance of the text and background on most browsers. Below are some suggestions. Note that all these changes are reversible.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

In order to apply the changes below, configure IE to ignore colours, font styles and font sizes specified on webpages:

  1. On the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  2. Under the General tab, click Accessibility
  3. Make sure that each of the three formatting items are checked. Click OK, and OK again.

Result: IE will ignore colours, font styles and font sizes and use the ones you specify using the instructions below.

Displaying text larger or smaller

In Internet Explorer 7 you can zoom in and out on text and images by holding down the Control key and pressing the + or − key.

For both IE 7 and IE6, you can also increase or decrease text size by selecting Text Size in the View menu.

To change text style, size, colour, and background colour

  1. On the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  2. On the General tab, under Appearance, click Fonts
  3. Select the fonts you would like to use from the Webpage and Plain text font lists. Click OK and OK again.

Result: IE will display text according to your font settings.

Although the Teachers TV website is designed and tested for accessible font size and colour contrast, you may find that certain combinations of fonts, typefaces and background colours can make text easier to read. You can change these settings by choosing your own colour scheme, for example, black text on a yellow background gives a good degree of contrast.

  1. On the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  2. On the General tab, under Appearance, click Colors
  3. Uncheck Use Windows Colors
  4. Choose the colours you want to use for text, background and links. Click OK and OK again.

Result: IE will display text and colours according to your new settings.

To prevent images from displaying (this may save time if your internet connection is slow)

  1. On the Tools menu, select Internet Options
  2. Click the Advanced tab, and scroll down to Multimedia
  3. Uncheck Show pictures
  4. Click OK.

Result: when you refresh the page or navigate to another page IE will not display images.

To maximise the browser window

On the View menu, select Full Screen.

Result: IE will use the full screen area and any menu bars will collapse.

To undo the Full Screen setting hover your pointer at the top of the screen and the Tools menu will appear on the top-right; or press the F11 key.

For further help about using Microsoft Internet Explorer, click Contents and Index under Internet Explorer's Help menu.

Firefox

Displaying text larger or smaller

In Firefox, you can zoom in and out on text and images by holding down the Control key and pressing the + or − key, or by selecting Zoom in the View menu. To zoom text and not images or page width, select 'Zoom text only' on the View menu.

Although the Teachers TV website is designed and tested for accessible font size and colour contrast, you may find that certain combinations of fonts, typefaces and background colours can make text easier to read. You can change these settings by choosing your own colour scheme, for example, black text on a yellow background gives a good degree of contrast.

To change text style, size, colour, and background colour:

  1. On the Tools menu, select Options
  2. In the Content section, under Fonts & Colours, click Advanced and uncheck 'Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above'
  3. Choose your preferred font and colour options, and click OK
  4. Still in the Content section, under Fonts & Colours, click Colours and uncheck 'Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above'
  5. Click OK, and OK again.

Result: Firefox will display text and colours according to your new settings.

To prevent images from displaying (this may save time if your internet connection is slow)

  1. On the Tools menu, select Options
  2. Uncheck 'Load images automatically'
  3. Click OK.

Result: when you refresh the page or navigate to another page Firefox will not display images.

To maximise the browser window

On the View menu, select Full Screen.

Result: Firefox will use the full screen area and any menu bars will collapse.

To undo the Full Screen setting hover your pointer at the top of the screen and click the 'Restore' button on the top right; or press the F11 key.

For further help, click Help Contents under Firefox's Help menu.

Safari

Displaying text larger or smaller

You can zoom in and out on text and images by holding down the Apple key and pressing the + or − key. Alternatively you can increase or decrease text size is by selecting Make Text Bigger or Make Text Smaller in the View menu.

Although the Teachers TV website is designed and tested for accessible font size and colour contrast, you may find that certain combinations of fonts, typefaces and background colours can make text easier to read. You can change these settings by choosing your own colour scheme, for example, black text on a yellow background gives a good degree of contrast.

To make text on web pages always a minimum size

  1. On the Safari menu, select Preferences
  2. In the Advanced section, check 'Universal access: never use font sizes smaller than' and select a minimum font size.

Result: text will never appear smaller than your specification on web pages.

To make other changes to text style, size, colour, and background colour:

  1. On the Safari menu, select Preferences
  2. In the Appearance section, make your selections for standard font and fixed width font.

Result: Safari will display text and colours according to your new settings.

To prevent images from displaying (this may save time if your internet connection is slow)

  1. On the Safari menu, select 'Preferences'
  2. In the Advanced section, uncheck 'Display images when the page opens'.

Result: when you refresh the page or navigate to another page Safari will not display images.

To maximise the browser window

Click the + button on the top left of Safari's toolbar.

Result: Safari will use the full height of the screen and any menu bars will collapse. The screen width is determined by the last width you selected by dragging the bottom right corner of Safari.

To undo the Full Screen setting, click the + button on the top left of Safari's toolbar again.

For further help, click Safari Help under Safari's Help menu.