Data.gov.uk is committed to making this website accessible to all users, regardless of circumstances. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of the site; if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you have difficulty using any part of it, please contact us.
We are working towards ensuring that all pages on this site comply with priority 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Whilst data.gov.uk strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility.
How do I make the text bigger so that it is easier for me to read?
Some users might find screen text easier to read by increasing the size at which text is displayed. To do this you should simply adjust your browser’s settings.
- Using Internet Explorer, go to View > Text size > and select the size you want
- Using Firefox, go to the View menu, select Zoom and then either Increase Ctrl + +, Decrease Ctrl + – or Normal Ctrl + 0.
- Using Opera, View > Zoom > and select the size you want
What are PDFs and how do I read them?
PDF stands for Portable Document File. You need a plug-in called Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files which you can download for free from Adobe’s website.
Users who have concerns about accessibility should visit Adobe’s accessibility website. Recent versions of Acrobat Reader have a Read Out Loud facility, which can be found under the View menu.
How can I view a Word file if I don’t have Word software?
A free Word viewer is available from Microsoft at the Microsoft Download Center. You’ll find Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewers here too. Open source versions of similar software can be accessed at http://www.openoffice.org/
- JAWS is a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
- Lynx is a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
- Opera is a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets and image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. It is compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.
- HTML Validator is a free service for checking web pages conform to published HTML standards.
- Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer is a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
- Lynx Viewer is a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
Please note that these links are placed here only for your convenience only and not as an endorsement of either product or software.