Library Catalogue Accessibility
We are committed to improving the accessibility of the library catalogue to all users. Accessibility is reviewed as part of the continual development of the catalogue, and feedback from users is welcomed via the link at the top of the page.
The catalogue is being developed to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 1.0 (WCAG 1.0), with compliance at level double-A.
This page describes the key accessibility features of the library catalogue to help those who wish to make use of them.
Each page of the site includes a hidden link that enables assistive technology such as screen readers to jump directly to the main content of that page.
You can customise your browser settings to make changes to the site appearance to suit your needs. This may include text size, text colour and background colour.
Usually these settings can be found via the “Tools” or “View” menus, under "Internet Options", “Options” or “Text size”. It is likely that you will be able to increase and decrease text size by holding down Ctrl and pressing + or -.
If you have difficulty using a mouse, you can use the Tab key to move around all the links, input boxes and buttons on each page. To move back, hold the Shift key and press Tab. To activate a link or a button, press the Enter key. You can also use the Page Up and Page Down keys to move the page to the area you want to read.
Assistive technology can help if you have a visual impairment.
Screen readers are software programs that present images and text as speech. A screen reader will speak everything on the screen, including buttons and menus. The catalogue has not yet been tested with any screen reader software. Compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines will mean that it should work with most screen readers.
Other assistive technologies include screen enlargers or magnifiers, speech or voice recognition, speech synthesisers, refreshable braille displays and braille embossers. You can find more information about these technologies and other aspects of accessibility at the RNIB Web Access Centre.
We welcome feedback from any user to help us continue to improve the accessibility of the library catalogue.