Accessibility

This website has been designed to be as accessible as possible ustilising current technologies for users with and without impediments and using a variety of browser technologies. The information below covers each area with a suggested solution to each. We have attempted to present information in plain and simple language so it is easy to understand for as many people as possible (although we cannot control the content of attached documents).

Languages

There are many documents linked to through this website which cannot be translated "on the fly" into other languages. In these circumstances we suggest you contact the author of the document and enquire as to whether an alternative language translation is available.

This website can be translated into other languages using freely available on-line translators. Provided below is a link to one such website. Simply type http://medicines.wolvespct.nhs.uk/ into the field indicated, select the language you require from the drop down menu and click to translate: 

http://www.worldlingo.com/en/websites/url_translator.html

Screen Reading

If you are visually impaired to any degree or if you simply want these pages read to you, this website provides a text-to-speech screen reader. If you do not currently possess a screen reader for your computer we offer an alternative called Browse Aloud (which is free to the user) and will read these pages aloud. On our website you will find a link (in the footer area of the main text window), clicking on this link will provide on-screen controls for the screen reader. You will need speakers or headphones to hear what is read and you may need to check the volume level of your computer. In order to use this service you will need to download and install the free client software for your computer which can be downloaded here:

Browse Aloud

 Text to speech software

Read PleaseWindows' Narrator (Windows 2000 and XP) offers a level of speech output to help those with a vision impairment or literacy difficulty. Unfortunately, it does not currently allow for the speaking back of sections of text in a specific document or web page. There are now a number of text to speech programs that are either freeware or shareware which allow any text that is selectable (via keyboard or mouse) to be spoken back in a range of different voices. An example of such software is ReadPlease which can be freely downloaded by clicking here.

Website Colours

In the accessibility area at the top of each page on this website there is a reference to changing the colours of this website. The purpose of this is to assist people with sight impairments and with the condition referred to as Dyslexia. To change the colour, click the letter with the appropriate colour scheme. 

Website Text Sizes

There are two ways you can change the size of the font (text) on the pages of this website:

1. In the accessibility area at the top of each page, click on the "Text Smaller" for smaller text or "Text Larger" for large text links found in the footer area of each page (see image below)

Font Sizer

2. Depending on your browser, there are in-browser commands for chaning the font size of all viewed websites during that browser session:

Internet Explorer 5/6 (see image 1 below)

>> Open the ' View ' menu with the mouse or by pressing ' Alt'+'V ' .
>> Select the ' Text Size ' option with the mouse or by pressing ' X ' .
>> Choose your preferred text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing ' Enter ' or by clicking on it.

IE 
Image 1.

Internet Explorer 7

>>  Click ' Ctrl ' + ' + ' to increase the zoom and ' Ctrl ' + ' - ' to decrease the zoom. - This is a new zoom function which can be used. or....
>> Open the ' Page ' menu with the mouse or by pressing ' Alt'+'P ' .
>> Select the ' Text Size ' option with the mouse or by pressing ' X '. 
>> Choose your preferred text size by clicking on it or by using the up and down arrow keys to select it and then press ' Enter ' . The text on the website should now have changed to reflect your choice.

Important Note: Some websites have fixed the size of their text ('hard-coded') and as a result these websites will not show any changes made within the browser settings. If you need to use your larger text on these sites, please follow these steps:

>> Click on the ' Tools ' menu with the mouse or press ' Alt '+' T ' .
>> Click on ' Internet Options ' option with the mouse or press ' O ' . ' Internet Options ' box should now be displayed.
>> Click on the ' Accessibility ' button with the mouse or press ' Alt '+ ' E ' .
>> Click the ' Ignore font sizes specified on web page ' checkbox to add a tick or press ' Alt '+' Z '.
>> Click the ' OK ' button twice with the mouse or press ' Enter ' twice, to return to Internet Explorer.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

Firefox 1.5/2 (see image 2 below)

>> Open the ' View ' menu with the mouse or by press ' Alt ' and ' V ' at the same time.
>> Select the ' Text Size ' option with the mouse or by pressing 'Z' .
>> Increase or decrease the text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing ' Enter '.
>> Alternatively you can press ' Ctrl ' and ' + ' to increase the text size, ' Ctrl ' and ' - ' to decrease the text size. ' Ctrl ' and ' 0 ' returns you to the default 'normal' size.

FireFox
Image 2

Netscape 7/8 (see image 3 below)

>> Click on the ' View ' menu with the mouse or pressing ' Alt '+' V ' .
>> Click on the ' Text Zoom ' option with the mouse or press ' Z ' .
>> Click on the text size you want with the mouse or use the up and down keys and then ' Enter ' to select the text size you want .

If you are using an earlier version of Netscape than version 7 then the above instructions will not work on some websites because of the way they have fixed (hard-coded) the size of their text.

Netscape
Image 3

Opera 6/7

The size of both text and graphics can be quickly increased or decreased using the numberpad ' + ' and ' - ' keys. Each press will increase or decrease the size by 10%. However the changes will not be remembered next time you open Opera. To permanently increase or decrease the size of the text, please follow these steps:

>> Click on ' Page Style ' from the list of option on the left or press the ' down ' arrow key to highlight it.
>> Click on the drop down box next to ' Default Zoom ' as shown in Fig 1 and then click on the zoom size you want or press ' Alt ' + ' Z ' and then use the ' up ' and ' down ' arrow keys to select the zoom size you want.
>> Click the ' OK ' button or press ' Enter ' to return to Opera.

Opera 8 (see image 4 below)

>> Click on the ' Tools' ' menu with the mouse and then click on ' Preferences ' or press ' Ctrl '+ ' F12 '. 
>> Click on the ' Web pages ' tab with the mouse or press ' Ctrl ' + ' Tab ' to cycle through the tabs until ' Web pages ' is selected.
>> Click on the ' Page Zoom ' option box and select your zoom size or press the ' Tab ' key twice to select the page zoom option box and use the up and down arrow keys to select your zoom size.
>> Click the ' OK ' button or press ' Enter ' to return to Opera.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

Opera
Image 4

Magnify

Using Windows XP, areas of the screen can be increased in size using the magnifier. To do this, please follow these steps:

>> Open the ' Start ' menu by clicking on the ' Start ' button or by pressing the Windows logo key or alternatively press ' Ctrl ' + ' Esc '.
>> Click on ' Programs ' or alternatively press ' P ' on the keyboard until 'Programs' is highlighted and then ' Enter '.
>> Click on ' Accessories ' or press ' A ' on the keyboard until ' Accessories ' is highlighted and then press ' Enter '.
>> Click on ' Accessibility ' or if you are using the keyboard, it will already be highlighted so just press ' Enter '.
>> Click on ' Magnifier ' or press ' M ' and when ' Magnifier ' is highlighted, press ' Enter ' on the keyboard.
>> The magnifier is now turned on and the settings box appears.
>> You can click in the magnification level box to change the level of magnification or use the up and down arrow keys.
>> You can minimise the magnifier settings box by clicking the minimise button or by pressing ' Alt ' + ' Space ' and then press ' N '.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

Website Design

This website has a felxible design, which means that no matter what resolution and size of window you choose to view in, everything rescale proportionately. Here is a list of what this website has achieved:

Resolution

It will display on resolutions from 800x600 up to 1600x1200 at colour depths of 256 and above. It is compatible with the following browsers and release versions:

IE Internet Explorer: v5, v6 & v7 upwards 
FireFox Firefox: v1.5 & v2 upwards 
Mozilla Mozilla: v1.7 upwards 
Netscape Netscape Navigator: v7 & v8 upwards 
Opera Opera: v8 & v9 upwards

 Access Keys

Users can use the keyboard to navigate this website. This is achieved using "access keys" which act as shortcuts. The following list are the current access keys we provide as part of our accessibility commitment to this website, more may be added at a later date to enhance functionality.

s - Skip to content
1 - Home page
2 - Contact Us
3 - Site map
4 - Search 
5 - Formulary Homepage
0 - Accessibility 
l - Disclaimer

In order to use our access key, please follow these instructions: 

Using Internet Explorer in Windows
To use access keys in Internet Explorer 5+ press Alt + Access Key then release both keys and press Enter, e.g. Alt + 1 then Enter to go to the home page.

In earlier versions of Internet Explorer press Alt + Access Key.

On a Macintosh
To use access keys on Macintosh press Ctrl + Access Key, e.g. Ctrl + 1 to go to the home page.

Firefox 2
To use access keys in Firefox 2 you will need to press Shift + Alt + Access Key, e.g. Shift + Alt + 1 to go to the home page.

Opera
To use access keys in Opera press Shift + Escape then release both keys and press the Access Key, e.g. Shift + Escape then 1 to go to the home page

Skip to Content

By using the link "skip to content" in the accessibility area at the top of each page, the user will be taken to the main content area of the selected page. This is especially useful for screen readers.

Site Map

We have provided a site map of the main headings in the web site. This is the best place to get an overview of what is available on the web site. The links in the site map take you to the main sections of the site.

Search

As part of our accessibility solution, we have implemented a comprehensive meta-search engine which will search not only webpages but inside documents as well. Click here for the search page.

Downloading Media & Publications

Where an external resource such as a .xls (Excel spreadsheet), .doc (MS Word document) or .pdf (Adobe Acrobat document) is made available for download, simply click the link and the download process will begin (this will involve either a browser window displaying the content of the document or a physical download). Follow the wizard instructions and you will have access to the document either through a browser reader or downloaded to your local computer hard drive.