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Readability, text-only, text-to-speech and access keys.

Accessibility statement

We hope you find this website easy to read and use. If you have problems using the site, or would like to make any suggestions to improve the site's accessibility, please get in touch with us 

Large print, Braille, audio tape, audio CD or computer disc

This information can be made available in large print, Braille, on audio tape, audio CD or computer disc. If you, or someone you know, might benefit from this service, please use the details to the left of this page to contact us.


We have made every effort to ensure this web site is easily readable using 'plain English'. In addition, we have ensured that the design of this web site is not an obstacle to its usability and readability.

Access for visually and/or physically impaired visitors to our site

We have provided some facilities to make the web site more comfortable for you to use.

A text-only version provides a plain text alternative to every page on this web site

A text-to-speech function called Dixerit Plus:

When you select "text-to-speech" or "listen to site" a Dixerit toolbar will appear at the top of your screen with the following functions:

Listening to pages

You can use Dixerit Plus to:

Listen to sections of text by highlighting it and clicking the "Read Text" icon.

Listen to any paragraph by hovering your mouse pointer over it, and clicking the paragraph icon that appears after a short time.

Listen to all of the links on the page by clicking the "Read Links" icon. Each link is read out with a number - to follow a particular link just enter the link's number in the "Goto" box and click "Go".


Saving speech

After listening to a section of text you can save the speech file by clicking on the "Save" icon. You will be prompted for a filename and location to save the file, using your computer's standard file window.

Stopping speech

You can stop Dixerit Plus from reading by clicking the "Stop" icon.

Changing speech settings

You can change the settings for Dixerit Plus by clicking the "Settings" icon.

Getting Help

If you need extra help click on the "Help" icon. This provides the most up-to-date help for Dixerit Plus and may include information that isn't available here.

Exiting SpeakIT

To exit Dixerit Plus and remove the dixero toolbar click the "Exit" icon. The toolbar will be removed and you will be returned to the website.

Access keys letting you navigate around the site without using your mouse, as follows:

s skip navigation
t top of page
1 Home page
3 Site Map
4 Search
0 This page

Note: To use access keys

For the Windows-based platform: if the browser is Netscape/Mozilla etc, hold down the 'Alt' key and press the assigned key on the keyboard; if the browser is Internet Explorer, do the same as for Netscape, but also press the 'enter' key to navigate to a page.

For the Macintosh platform, hold down the left-hand 'Control' and press the assigned key on the keyboard. (eg. Control-1 navigates to the home page.)