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What is web accessibility?

Web accessibility is the practice of making website content available to all users, particularly those with disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.It includes making a website as accessible as possible regardless of browsing technology, such as for people with text-only web browsers and old browser versions. Parliament's commitment to web accessibility. The House of Commons is committed to ensuring its website is accessible to everyone, regardless of disability or technology.

How do I change the text size and screen resolution?

Depending on which web browser you are using, this can be done in the following ways:

  • Internet Explorer: select View > Text size or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one
  • Mozilla Firefox: select View > Text size or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one
  • Opera: select View > Zoom or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one
  • Safari: select View > Make text bigger or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one

Alternatively you can change the resolution of your computer screen to make the entire screen display bigger or smaller. Depending on which sort of computer you are using, this can be done in the following ways:

  • Microsoft Windows computer: select Start > Control Panel > Display > Settings
  • Apple Macintosh computer: select System Preferences > Displays > Resolution

How do I change the colours?

You can use your web browser options to choose your own colours. Depending on which web browser you are using, this can be done in the following ways:

  • Internet Explorer: select Tools > Internet Options > General > Colors
  • Mozilla Firefox: select Tools > Options > Content > Colors
  • Opera: select Tools > Preferences > Fonts and Page Style
  • Safari: select Safari > Preferences > Appearance

How do I change speed and buttons on my mouse?

If you are using a Microsoft Windows computer, you can change a number of control options on your mouse, including the speed of the pointer or the wheel, how quickly you need to double-click, and swapping the buttons for left and right-handed use. To change your mouse options click the Start button in the bottom left of your screen and select Control Panel > Mouse. If you are using an Apple Macintosh computer, please visit the Apple Accessibility website (external link) for more information on how to change your settings.