A number of accessibility link aids have been included at the top and bottom of the page. This website has been designed using CSS (rather than HTML tables) and is XHTML Transitional wherever possible. These techniques aid accessibility and interoperabilty.
The small mini-navigation at the top left of the website is designed to aid accessibility and has the following options/links:
Skip to Nav
The tab marker position moves to the main navigation on the left hand sidebar. Access Key 1.
Internet Explorer (Alt + 1)
Mozilla Firefox (Shift + Alt + 1)
Skip to Content
The tab marker position moves to the main content in the center of the page. Access Key 2.
Internet Explorer (Alt + 2)
Mozilla Firefox (Shift + Alt + 2)
Skip to Search
The tab marker position moves to the Search box. Access Key 4.
Internet Explorer (Alt + 3)
Mozilla Firefox (Shift + Alt + 3)
Back to Top of Page
The tab marker is moved back to the top of the page. Access Key 9.
Internet Explorer (Alt + 9)
Mozilla Firefox (Shift + Alt + 9)
LU website / Lancaster University
Link to the main Lancaster University website. Access Key 0.
Internet Explorer (Alt + 0)
Mozilla Firefox (Shift + Alt + 0)
For users with eyesight problems who require text to be magnified, we recommend the current Internet Explorer 7 browser (and versions thereafter). By pressing (CTRL +) results in the entire webpage increasing in size.
Alternatively, if you have dyslexia, colour blindness or low vision, you can alter your browser settings to suit your needs. You can change the colour of the text and background and enlarge or reduce the size of the font. You can also remove the "style" specified by the web designer.
Customising a web browser
(A) Changing text size
In Internet Explorer, select View>Text Size
In Mozilla Firefox, select View>Zoom
Change the text size as required. You may need to click the "refresh" button.
(B) Changing text and background colours
- In Internet Explorer (IE), select Tools>Internet Options. In Mozilla Firefox, select Tools>Options. A dialogue box will appear. Click on ‘Accessibility’ in IE or ‘Content’ in Firefox.
- The following instructions relate solely to IE. If using a different browser, you may need to adapt them or refer to your browser help file.
- A second dialogue box will appear. Click the checkbox: "Ignore colours specified on Web pages" and click on OK.
- Click on "Colours" in the dialogue box that remains. A third box will appear
- Uncheck "Use Windows colours".
- Select new colours for the text and background by clicking on the colour chip and choosing new ones. Click on OK.
- Check that your web page has changed. You may need to click on the "refresh" button.
- Return your browser to its default settings by checking "Use Windows colours", click on OK. Click on "Accessibility" and uncheck "Ignore colours etc"
(C) Removing the page style
The following instructions relate solely to IE. If using a different browser, you may need to adapt them or refer to your browser help file.
- Select Tools>Internet Options and click on "Accessibility".
- Check "Ignore colours", "Ignore fonts" and "Ignore font sizes".
- Click on OK and see what effect this has on your web pages.
(D) Adding a customised style sheet
In IE, you can replace the web page style with your own by following the steps above and by also selecting "Format documents using my style sheet". You will need to create your own style sheet file and store it on your computer hard drive.