We hope you'll find the Paintings in Hospitals website easy to use. We're committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website. We endeavour to conform to level Double-A of the World Wide Web Consortium W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities and help to make the web more user-friendly for everyone.

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web

Whilst we strive to adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility.

In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing our website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Where possible use an up-to-date browser

By using an up-to-date browser (the program you use to access the internet) you will have access to a much richer set of options to aid you as you navigate your way around this site.

The standard browsers we would recommend are below with links to install each of them:

Once installed, each will bring its own selection of accessibility options and may allow further options via the use of plug-ins. For more details see the Accessibility page for each one:

Options in our site

Alternative Style

Please choose a link below to change the way the site looks. Once set, the site will remain in this style for up to 30 days or until you select a different option.

We endeavour to ensure the site looks correct is these different styles but because of the constantly changing nature of the site and its content, this may not always be possible. If you do spot anything which doesn't look quite right, then please let us know

Keyboard Short Cuts / Access Keys

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate access key shortcuts, as shown below:

Browser Page Shortcut
Windows Firefox or Chrome Home Shift + Alt + 1
Skip navigation menu Shift + Alt + 2
Internet Explorer or Edge Home Alt + 1
Skip navigation menu Alt + 2
NOTE: For Internet Explorer, you will need to press Enter after using the shortcut
Safari Home Ctrl + Alt + 1
Skip navigation menu Ctrl + Alt + 2
MacOS Safari Home Command + Alt + 1
Skip navigation menu Command + Alt + 2
Firefox or Chrome Home Command + Shift + 1
Skip navigation menu Command + Shift + 2

    Options in your browser

    Most modern browsers all share the most common accessibility tools, here is a list of useful features:

    Incremental Search
    Incremental search allows you to progressively search a web page for a particular word or phrase on a page. To enable this on your browser, press and hold Ctrl/Command and then tap F. This will open a box to type your search into. As you type, the matches will be highlighted on the page for you.

    Spatial Navigation
    Hitting tab will jump you to each of the items you can interact with on any page. Holding the SHIFT key and then pressing tab will take you to the previous item.

    Caret Navigation (Internet Explorer and Firefox only)
    Instead of using a mouse to select text and move around within a webpage, you can use standard navigation keys on your keyboard: Home, End, Page Up, Page Down & the arrow keys. This feature is named after the caret, or cursor, that appears when you edit a document.

    To turn this feature on, press the F7 key at the top of your keyboard and choose whether to enable the caret on the tab you are viewing or all your tabs.

    Spacebar
    Pressing the space bar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.

    Text fonts
    Depending on your browser, you can override all fonts on the site to one that is easier for you to read. Options can be found in your browser's settings/preferences.

    Change Font in Firefox

    Change Font in Chrome

    Apple Safari LogoChange Font in Safari

    Change Font in Internet Explorer

    Change Font in Edge

    Enlarge your view
    You can activate the browser zoom via these keyboard shortcuts

    Zoom in Firefox

    Zoom in Chrome

    Apple Safari LogoZoom in Safari

    Zoom in Internet Explorer

    Zoom in Edge

    Options on your computer

    To zoom your entire computer screen

    Apple Mac and Windows operating system both contain options to enlarge your view of your screen:

    Make your computer read the site aloud

    This website has been built with screen readers in mind. Menus, pictures and inputs will have the correct tags and mark up to compliment your chosen screen reader.

    We have tested with the following tools:


    NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader for computers running on the Windows operating system. The latest version can be downloaded for FREE here (on this page you may be asked for a voluntary donation, if you do not wish to donate, click "skip donation this time")


    WAVE icon
    WAVE is developed and made available as a free community service by WebAIM. Originally launched in 2001, WAVE has been used to evaluate the accessibility of millions of web pages. Read more here

    Windows Narrator
    Microsoft Windows Narrator is available in most versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems and reads text on the screen aloud and describes events like error messages so you can use your PC without a display. To find out more and how to enable it on your version, please click here

    Control your computer with your voice

    Apple Mac and Windows operating systems both provide ways to control your computer with voice recognition:

    Third-party voice recognition software is available too.

    Languages and translation

    We aim to make our web content easy to understand and strive to use 'plain English' wherever possible.

    We are unable to provide manual translations of our web content but our website can be translated into various browsing languages, including Welsh, using the Google Chrome browser or Google Translate tools. Visit Google Chrome help pages to configure your browser for translation.

    Our Loans Coordinator for Wales is a Welsh speaker and will happy to talk to you about the information panels, artwork labels and other materials we can provide in Welsh. You can contact them via [email protected].

    Documents

    We aim to ensure that all documents on the Paintings in Hospitals website are as accessible as possible. All of the documents we provide online are in Microsoft Word and/or PDF formats. Most systems will come with programs to open these files.

    You can find out more about how to configure the free Adobe Reader software to obtain greater access to PDF files by visiting the Adobe site.

    If you are having problems accessing a particular document, please contact us.

    We want everyone to be able to be inspired by and benefit from our work. If you have any suggestions for how we might improve our accessibility, let us know.