Accessibility

We believe this site achieves Conformance Level "A" of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

We have tried to make this site as accessible as possible with any browser, including access technologies. Cascading Style Sheets and Javascript are used, but only to enhance appearance. Please let us know if you have any difficulties with a particular browser setup, and we will try to correct the problem.

We are also working towards compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines.

Changing text size

If you find the text too large or too small, you can adjust this through your browser:

  • If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer go to the 'View' menu at the top of your screen. Click on 'Text Size' and select 'Larger' or 'Largest'
  • If you are using Mozilla, you can change the text size by selecting the 'View' menu. Click on 'Text Zoom' and select 'Smaller' or 'Larger'.
  • If you are using Netscape Navigator, you can change the text size by selecting the 'View' menu, then 'Increase Font' or 'Decrease Font'.

Although this will make the print on all of the web pages look larger, the images will stay the same size. This will only change the size of the text in your web browser. However, if you prefer, you can change the settings on your computer always to show text larger:

Changing display properties

By changing the 'resolution' setting you can make text and images look either larger or smaller all the time. Petpalsdirect.co.uk is designed to be viewed at a screen resolution of 800 x 600.

On PC, go to the 'Start' menu and select 'Settings'. When you are given further options select the 'Control Panel' folder. The 'Control Panel' folder will then appear on your screen. At this point you should select the 'Display' icon.

Next click on the 'Settings' tab on the top of your page. You will see a box labelled 'Desktop Area'. Move the slide across so that the '800 by 600 pixels' is displayed. Finally, click on the 'OK' button.

On an Apple Macintosh, you can use the Monitor & Sound Control Panel to change the resolution.

Changing colours

If Petpalsdirect.co.uk's colour scheme makes it difficult for you to read the text, you can change it in your browser.

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, click on Tools and then Internet Options.

To ignore the colours and fonts specified on the site, click on the 'Accessibility' button towards the bottom of the window and check the relevant boxes.

To specify your own colours for both the text and the background, click on the 'Colors' button and then uncheck the 'Use Windows Colors' box. Simply click on the 'Text' and 'Background' boxes to choose your prefered colour scheme.

PDF files

There are some documents in Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF) on the site. These documents are identified by the icon opposite.

Your computer will need the 'Acrobat Reader' program, which is available free of charge. Simply go to the Adobe website, fill in a short form identifying what type of system your computer is running on and then click the 'Download' button. It is not necessary to download the program each time you wish to read a pdf file; Adobe Reader will remain stored in your computer's memory.

If you have difficulty viewing the screen or reading web pages with access technology, Adobe now has a program available that converts pdf files into html coding so that your system can read the page. The Acrobat Reader 5.0 for Windows with Search and Accessibility can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge at the following address:http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html#50enu You must scroll down this page until you come to the heading 'Acrobat 5.0 Reader with Search and Accessibility'. You can then choose the correct version according to the type of computer and operating system you are using.