Accessibility statement

UCA is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives all members of the public full access to its information and services, which are offered through this website.

We are committed to achieving conformity with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (1999), Level 'AA'. This quality standard aims to ensure that a website is accessible to users with a range of disabilities.

We are actively working towards conforming to these standards, and the following features have already been included:

  • All pages have properly nested link lists in the navigation
  • All non-decorative images used include descriptive ALT attributes
  • Background and foreground colours have been chosen to provide a high degree of contrast to maximise visibility: these colours are controlled within the cascading style sheets, which may be overridden by altering the user's browser settings
  • This site uses relative font sizes, to enable user-specified ‘text size’ to be set in the user's browser
  • This website build has been optimised to be viewed using the browser technologies detailed below.
    • Internet Explorer: version 9 and above
    • Firefox: latest stable (Mac OSX 10.8.5 + Windows 7)
    • Safari: lastest stable (Mac OSX 10.8.5)
    • Chrome: latest stable (Mac OSX 10.8.5 + Windows 7)

The website content can be viewed using other browser technologies, but the visual presentation of this content may be limited depending on the browser technology.


Accessibility tools


Resizing text via the web browser

  • Internet Explorer: View > Text size > Larger - Smaller
  • Firefox: View > Text Size > Increase or Decrease
  • Opera: File > Preferences > Fonts > Minimum font size (pixels) OR View > Zoom
  • Safari: View > Make text bigger – Make text smaller.


Alternatively, scroll with the wheel of your mouse whilst holding down the control key.

Setting your computer to display larger fonts (PC)

By default, computers display fonts at the normal size of 100%. You can custom this setting by increasing the percentage from 125% to 500%.

Go to: Start > Control Panel > Display > Appearance > Font Size > and change it to large or extra large.

Using the zoom options (MAC OS X)

To enlarge screen data without changing the screen resolution, you can use simple keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out; select the following keys to operate this function:

option apple star (turns zoom function on)option apple + (zooms in) option apple - (zooms out)

Below shows the Mac OS X zoom shortcut keyboard symbols:

Screen resolution

There are several ways in which you can enlarge the data viewed on your computer, but the first thing you should check is the screen resolution of your monitor. Your monitor will have a recommended screen resolution size, but it may be that the settings have been altered. Or, alternatively, you could alter the settings to best suit your visual requirements. Below is a list of common screen size options; however, your monitor may not display all of these options. Take into consideration the higher the resolution, the smaller the screen data will appear.

PC screen resolutions: Mac screen resolutions:
640 by 480 pixels
800 by 600 pixels
1024 by 768 pixels
1152 by 864 pixels
800 by 600 pixels
1024 by 768 pixels
1280 by 820 pixels
1600 by 1024 pixels

Popular screen resolutions used are 800x600 pixels and 1024x768 pixels. In some cases, where visual disability is challenging, 640x480 pixels is used.

Demonstrations and tutorials

You can adjust the appearance and behaviour of your PC to enhance accessibility for specific vision, hearing, mobility, cognitive and seizure-related needs. More comprehensive information about the latest accessibility features is available from Microsoft and Apple. Some features are also explained by video.

Apple Mac OS
• Apple accessibility
• Accessibility Mac OS X.

Windows 7
• Windows 7 accessibility resources
• Video demos of accessibility in Windows 7.

Windows Vista
• Accessibility in Windows Vista
Video demos of accessibility in Windows Vista.

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