Vtesse is committed to making creative work accessible to all and our aim has been to design a simple and clear website which is easy to use for all our user groups.

This is balanced against our desire to use latest design and technological features on the web to those who want them. Some applications in this website will use non-accessibility friendly technologies such as JavaScript, Cookies or non-optimised layouts.

Where possible alternatives have been provided and this is an area we are working hard to address over the coming development period. If you are having problems using or finding your way around the site, the following areas may help.

Adjustable text size

The size of body text on our site can be determined by the user. There are two ways to do this:

Internet Explorer

Select the View menu, then Text Size, then a setting from the list of five sizes.

Firefox

Select the View menu, then Text Size, then either Increase or Decrease from the menu list.

Safari

Select the View menu, then either Make Text Bigger or Make Text Smaller.

In all browsers

Holding down the CTRL button and scrolling the mouse-wheel up and down will adjust text size accordingly.

Images

Every image throughout the site has been tagged with an ALT attribute. ALT allows alternative description to be given for each image. This allows both screen readers and browsers which don’t display images to represent a substitute description.

Help with PDFs

What is a PDF?

Where possible, downloadable documents within this site are in Portable Document Format (PDF). A standard adopted by organisations worldwide, PDF is a reliable format for electronic document exchange that preserves document integrity so files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms. Where possible we make downloadable documents in this file format for data security and integrity reasons.

How can I open and view a PDF?

In order to view a PDF document, you need free software called Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe. However PDFs are not easily accessible to all users so Adobe has developed a method of converting PDF documents into HTML (normal web pages), a more accessible format for assistive technologies.

How do I convert a PDF to HTML?

The URL (the web address) of a PDF document will appear in the web browser address bar when it is selected. Copy the url (normally looks like this: http://www.vtesse.com/…;) and then visit Adobe’s website on the link below.

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html

Once you have clicked on the link above, you will see an online form created by Adobe. Simply paste the URL into the box you will see and the contents of the PDF will be automatically converted to HTML – an ordinary web page; and in that form it should then be accessible.

There are further features and capabilities of Adobe products that enhance electronic document accessibility for people with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and motor impairments. You can visit their website using the link below, where you will find this information and links to resources that help people with disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software.

http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/index.html