General web accessibility
There are many tools that people with a disability can use to access the Internet. These tools include:
- Hardware – tools that manipulate the keyboard or mouse if the person with a disability is unable to use them. Some examples include refreshable Braille displays, joysticks and trackballs, and alternative keyboards.
- Software – tools that change how a user interacts with the site. Some examples include screen readers, screen magnifiers, onscreen keyboards and programs that slow down applications for people with motor disabilities.
Vision has a wide range of information about the many resources and tools that are available.
Browser shortcuts can help you to navigate a website through a keyboard. Details of the various shortcuts specific to different Internet browsers are available from the manufacturers’ websites:
Display and readability
You can adjust your browser and your computer settings to make things easier to see on the screen or for your visual preferences. Some examples include adjusting the font size or colour of text displayed on the screen, changing the background or link colours, formatting the page differently or turning certain functions on or off.
More details are available from the Vision Australia .
You may need to download and install some free software applications to use some of the content on this site. The software and the icons used to indicate this file format are:
- Adobe PDF is a file format used to create an image of a page. A PDF can be downloaded as a document, printed or shared. Download Adobe PDF
- Microsoft Word is a word processing program. If you do not have MS Word you will need to download the MS Word
- Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program. If you do not have Excel installed you will need to download and install MS Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint is a slideshow program. If you do not have PowerPoint installed you will need to download and install MS Powerpoint
- ZIP files are archives used to store or distribute groups of files. They compress files to save space. You need an expansion program to open or create zip files.
Converting a PDF to text
Accessible (tagged) PDFs
Tagged or accessible PDFs are easier to read for people who use adaptive technologies. If you would like a copy of a tagged PDF, please let us know via the details on the Contact us page.