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Website Accessibility

Introduction

This page explains how you can configure your computer to get the best browsing experience of this website. Most of the configuration will benefit more than just our website, it should help your whole computing experience.

Screen settings

Resolution

A computer monitor's screen resolution can be imagined as a series of squares (which are called Pixels). Each square displays a dot ( . ) of colour. When all those dots are put together (not unlike a mosaic) they produce the display you see. Resolution refers to the number of dots that a monitor can display. With modern flat-screen (LCD - like new TVs) monitors if you set your resolution to a setting that is not the best one of 3 things will happen:

  1. The picture will appear blurry in parts, or all over
  2. The picture will scroll around
  3. You will receive an error saying something like "Out of frequency" or "Out of range" on your monitor

The higher the number of pixels the more information the operating system can show on the monitor. For example, a 15 inch (non-widescreen) monitor will typically run at a resolution of 1024 x 768, which means that the operating system has 786 432 dots to use. By contrast a bigger, 22 inch (widescreen) monitor might have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (sometimes referred to as FullHD - many thanks to the TV industry for that), which means that the operating system would have 2 073 600 dots to use. As you can see a higher resolution will result in more information being displayed. If an icon uses 32 x 32 dots on a lower resolution screen it will appear bigger than it would on the higher resolution one.

Our website is designed for a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768, but it will utilise all the space if you give it more. Some websites only display at a set size, but on higher resolution screens this produces a lot of wasted space.

To find out how to change your screen resolution simply use a search engine to search for: Changing screen resolution on ... Replace "..." with the operating system you are using.

So, for example, if you are using Windows 7 then you would search for: Changing screen resolution on Windows 7
Or if you are using Ubuntu Linux then you would search for: Changing screen resolution on Ubuntu

Colour Depth

Put simply the higher the colour depth, the more colours that are displayed on your monitor. If your colour depth is too low then your operating system will not be able to display things like pictures properly, because it will have to substitute colours for the nearest colour it can use.

While there is no minimum colour depth requirement to use our site, we do use images in a number of places (most noticeably on the homepage), if you are using a colour depth other than 32 bit (or 24 bit if you are not using Microsoft Windows) you may find that some of the images appear distorted.

Again if you think you need to adjust your colour depth simply go to a search engine type in: Change colour depth in ... (with operating system name as described above)

We must stress that in most cases with modern computers (ones purchased in the last 3 - 5 years) you may already be set to the highest colour depth.

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