This section is here to help you get the most from the features on your computer so that you can view UniHub in the most accessible way for your needs. We have worked hard to make this site accessible to a wide audience and to ensure a better experience for all users and all technologies. However we welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback you have for us, please feel free to contact us.
There are many simple changes that you can make to improve the accessibility of your computer or browser, here are the ones we have outlined below:
Note: If these changes do 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.
You may find text or photographs too small to read comfortably at standard sizes. One way of improving your experience is to magnify your computer screen.
You may have been using Windows for years and not realized it features a built-in Magnifier that works much like a magnifying glass does. You can even adjust the Magnifier zoom level and focus wherever you want to. The guide to making this adjustment different depending on which edition of Windows you are using:
You can zoom in and out of your screen simply using keyboard shortcuts
Alongside browser zooming, another way to read words that you find too small is to resize the text. Most modern browsers (Firefox 3.6, Internet Explorer 7, Chrome and Safari 4 and later versions of all) feature in-built accessibility tools which include zoom and text-resizing.
You can change the text size or adjust the page zoom in your browser by following these instructions:
You may find some of text and background colour combinations difficult to read. For example, you may prefer to always read white text on a black background. Most web browsers allow you to control the colours of web pages. Here are the ways you can do this on some of the more popular browsers
Unfortunately Google Chrome has no in-built option to change the background colour of webpages. However an app can be downloaded and installed to your Chrome browser to achieve this. You can download it here.
Note: Due to Safari browser limitations please be aware that most web pages will not change from their standard fonts.
If you have trouble reading text on a browser, there are ways in which you can make your computer speak the text aloud for you.
Step 1: Finding and using Narrator
Step 2: Set Narrator to start every time
Note: These steps will make Narrator start automatically when you log in.
Step 3: Tell Narrator what to read
Once you have turned on Narrator, you can select which things Narrator will read aloud.
If you want text to be read aloud as you type, tick the box next to Echo User's Keystrokes.
If you want to have system messages read aloud, tick the box next to Announce System Messages.
The Mac OX operating system comes with a screen reader called VoiceOver. A full guide to accessing and using VoiceOver to read website text aloud can be found here.