Accessibility

At the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA UK) we would like as many people as possible to be able to access the information on our website. Here is some useful information that may help you read our website more easily.

 

How to change the colour of the website

Most internet browsers, eg Internet Explorer, let you change the text and background of websites to the colour you want. How you do this depends on which type of browser and operating system your computer uses.

Instructions for Windows’ users

Changing the colours in Internet Explorer in Windows

  • Open the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Internet Options’
  • Select the ‘Accessibility’ button
  • Tick the ‘Ignore colours specified on web page’ checkbox
  • Click the ‘OK’ button or press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard once to return to the ‘Internet Options’ box
  • This will make the website use the colour scheme you have on your computer
  • If you would like to choose your own colour scheme just for Internet Explorer, with the ‘Internet Options’ box still open, select the ‘Colours’ button
  • Untick the ‘Use Windows colours’ checkbox
  • You can then select the colour swatch next to ‘Text’ and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  • Click ‘OK’ or hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard to return to Internet Explorer

Changing the colours in Firefox in Windows

  • Open the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Options’
  • Select the ‘Content’ tab and click on the ‘Colours’ button
  • Untick the ‘Allow pages to use their own colours’ check box
  • To use your Windows’ colour scheme settings in Firefox, make sure the ‘Use system colours’ checkbox is ticked
  • To choose your own colour scheme for Firefox, untick the ‘Use system colours’ checkbox. Select the colour swatch next to ‘Text’ and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  • You will need to reload the page to see your new colour settings

Instructions for Mac OS users

Changing the colours in Internet Explorer in Mac OS

  • Open the ‘Explorer’ menu and select ‘Preferences’
  • If you cannot see a list of bulleted options under ‘Web Browser’, expand the options list
  • Select the ‘Web Content’ section
  • Select the colour swatch next to ‘Text’ and choose a colour using the Mac OS colour picker – either use your mouse to select a colour from the circle and a brightness level from the bar, or use the tab and cursor keys on your keyboard. Click ‘OK’ or hit ‘Enter’
  • Repeat this step for the ‘Background’, ‘Read Links’ and ‘Unread Link” if you want to change those colours
  • When you have changed all the colours you want to, untick the box next to ‘Page specify colours’ checkbox so the web page will use your colours
  • Click ‘OK’ or hit enter to return to Internet Explorer

Changing the colours in Firefox in Mac OS

  • Open the ‘Firefox’ menu and select ‘Preferences’
  • Select the ‘Content’ tab and click on the ‘Colours’ button
  • Untick the ‘Allow pages to use their own colours’ check box
  • To use your Mac OS colour scheme settings in Firefox, make sure the ‘Use system colours’ checkbox is ticked
  • To choose your own colour scheme for Firefox, untick the ‘Use system colours’ checkbox. Select the colour swatch next to ‘Text’ and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  • You will need to reload the page to see your new colour settings

Using a keyboard to move around the site

If you find it difficult using a mouse, here are some tips for using your keyboard to move around a website.

Instructions for Windows users

  • Decrease text size – ‘Ctrl’ + ‘-‘
  • Increase text size – ‘Ctrl’ + ‘+’
  • Move to next link/button/form field – ‘Tab’
  • Move to previous link/button/form field – ‘Shift’ + ‘Tab’
  • Find text on this page – ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F’
  • Move down one page – PageDown
  • Move up one page – PageUp
  • Go to bottom of page – End
  • Go to top of page – Home
  • Open a link in a page or press a button – ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’
  • Open link in a new tab – ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’
  • Open link in a new window – ‘Shift’ + ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’

Using your keyboard to fill in an online form

  • Use ‘Tab’  to navigate around the form
  • Ticking a checkbox – Use ‘Tab’ to select the checkbox you want and then use ‘Spacebar’ to tick or untick it
  • Move down through drop-down box options – ‘Alt’ + ‘down’ arrow key
  • Undo – ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Z’
  • Submit form – many forms let you submit by hitting ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’ at any point in the form. On some you will need to use ‘Tab’ until the submit button is highlighted before hitting ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’

Instructions for Mac OS users

Using your keyboard to get around a web page

  • Decrease text size – ‘Apple’ + ‘-‘
  • Increase text size – ‘Apple’ + ‘+’
  • Move to next link/button/form field – ‘Tab’
  • Move to previous link/button/form field – ‘Shift’ + ‘Tab’ or
  • Find text on this page – ‘Apple’ + ‘F’
  • Move down one page – PageDown
  • Move up one page – PageUp
  • Go to bottom of page – End
  • Go to top of page – Home
  • Open a link in a page or press a button – ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’
  • Open link in a new tab – ‘Apple’ + ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’
  • Open link in a new window – ‘Shift’ + ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’

Using your keyboard to fill in an online form

  • Use ‘Tab’ to navigate around the form
  • Ticking a checkbox – Use ‘Tab’ to select the checkbox you want and then use ‘Spacebar’ to tick or untick it
  • Move down through drop-down box options – ‘Option’ + down arrow key
  • Undo – ‘Apple’ + ‘Z’
  • Submit form – many forms let you submit by hitting ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’ at any point in the form. On some you will need to use ‘Tab’ until the submit button is highlighted before hitting ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’

The BBC website – My Web My Way accessibility help provides more information about making the web more accessible to you.

Last medically reviewed: December, 2015 • Due for review: December, 2018