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Accessibility

This site employs many features to make information more accessible:

  • All images have text alternatives (ALT attributes)
  • Pages are organized to be fully functional, even with Javascript and CSS turned off
  • All text uses relative font sizes so text can be enlarged or reduced using the text size options available in visual browsers (see Use of text on this site)
  • The site can be navigated without the use of a mouse (see Using the site without a mouse)
  • Page formatting has been achieved using CSS, to ensure that the semantic structure of the information is preserved
  • This site follows World Wide Web and NZ E-Government accessibility guidelines

Using the site without a mouse

The site can be used without a mouse. The following shortcut, or 'Access' keys will take you to commonly used pages such as the home page, and assist you in navigating around the current page:

AccessKey Function
0 Navigate to the Accessibility page (this page)
1 Navigate to the Home page.
2 Navigate to the Sitemap page.
9 Navigate to the Contact Us page.
/ Navigate to newzealand.govt.nz - connecting you to New Zealand central & local government services.

How to activate the AccessKeys

The procedure for using shortcut, or 'Access', keys varies depending on which web browser you view the site with. The following table shows the AccessKey combinations for supported web browsers:

Operating System Browser AccessKey Combination
Windows XP/Vista Microsoft Internet Explorer, versions 6 and 7 ALT + AccessKey (to focus the link) + ENTER to activate
Windows XP/Vista Mozilla Firefox, versions 2 and 3 SHIFT + ALT + AccessKey
Mac OS X Mozilla Firefox, versions 2 and 3 CONTROL + AccessKey
Mac OS X Apple Safari, versions 2 and 3 CONTROL + AccessKey

 

Use of text on this site

Most navigation elements are plain text. We have provided text alternatives to graphics on the site.

Those with poor sight may be able to increase the size of the text on screen. The procedure for doing so differs from one browser to the next.

The table below outlines the procedure for some popular browsers. If your browser does not appear in the table the following guidelines may be of assistance: In general, looking under the "View" selection on the main menu, you should find an option called "Text Zoom" or "Text Magnification" or "Text Size" or "Font Size". From that point it should be relatively simple to find and select an additional sub menu option that adjusts the text size to accomodate your needs.

For Windows XP: Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 6
Step 1
  • View - Text Size - Larger/Smaller
Windows XP/Vista: Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 7
Step 1
  • Tools - Menu Bar (to display the menu toolbar)
Step 2
  • View - Text Size - Larger/Smaller
Windows XP/Vista: Mozilla Firefox, version 2
Step 1
  • View - Text Size - Increase/Decrease
Windows XP/Vista: Mozilla Firefox, version 3
Step 1
  • View - Zoom - Zoom Text Only
Step 2
  • View - Zoom In/Zoom Out
Mac OS X: Mozilla Firefox, version 2
Step 1
  • View - Text Size - Increase/Decrease
Mac OS X: Mozilla Firefox, version 3
Step 1
  • View - Zoom - Zoom Text Only
Step 2
  • View - Zoom In/Zoom Out
Mac OS X: Apple Safari, versions 2 and 3
Step 1
  • View - Make Text Bigger / Make Text Smaller