Accessibility

We hope that you are finding the Scottish Ambulance website site useful and easy to navigate. We have tried to make the site as user friendly as possible by taking steps to ensure information can be accessed in a variety of ways.

Please see the areas listed below for more details:

Accessibility Guidelines

We have designed the Scottish Ambulance website to adhere to the WCAG 1.0 recommendations in order to achieve the Double-A rating as set out by W3C.

We have used a combination of Microsoft’s DOT NET, XHTML and CSS in the development of the Scottish Ambulance website. As the site is designed using CSS some browsers will allow you to apply your own style to the site.

Level Double-A conformance icon,
W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

The XHTML used on the Scottish Ambulance website has been validated as Transitional 1.0 by the W3C HTML Validator.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

The CSS used on the Scottish Ambulance website has been validated as CSS 2.1 by the W3C CSS Validator.

Valid CSS!

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Browser support

We have tested the Scottish Ambulance website using the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer versions: 6.0 and above;
  • Opera version: 9.0 and above;
  • Firefox version: 2.0 and above;
  • Safari version: 3.0 and above.

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Screen Resolution

The Scottish Ambulance website is not designed for any one particular screen resolution; however the following resolutions have been tested and display the site correctly

  • 1280 x 800;
  • 1024 x 768;
  • 800 x 600;

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How to personalise the site

There are two ways to change the text size on this site; you can either use your browser software or use the text size tool on this site.

Browser Software

  • Internet Explorer - From the menus at the top of your browser, click on the View menu, then the Text Size menu and select a different font size;
  • Mozilla Firefox - From the menus at the top of your browser, click on the View menu, then the Zoom menu and select ‘zoom text only’. This will now allow you to increase the text size by holding down ctrl and + and decrease the text size holding down ctrl and –;
  • Safari - From the menus at the top of your browser, click on the View menu. From here select either ‘Make text bigger’ or ‘make text smaller’. You can also increase the text size by holding down ctrl and + and decrease the text size by holding down ctrl and -;
  • Opera Browser - From the menus at the top of your browser, click the View menu, then the Zoom menu and select a different font percentage.

Text Size Tool

At the top right hand corner on all pages throughout Scottish Ambulance you will find three A’s in a row with various sizes. Click on a size that you wish to change the text size for the site too. In order to use this tool your browser must support cookies.

Other Display Options

To change the way the site is displayed in your browser you can select ‘internet options’ from the tools menu in many browsers. This will allow you to find additional options relating to colours, languages, fonts and accessibility.

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Document types

We use PDF documents throughout the site. Most pages that have a PDF document as part of the body of content are accompanied with a link to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat if needed.

You can download PDF reader software from Adobe Acrobat Reader this software is provided free by Adobe.

If you are having trouble reading the PDF you should install Adobe Reader Version 7.0 or higher are able to read the content of the PDF aloud. This is known as ‘Read out Loud’ and can be accessed by selecting ‘Read out Aloud’ from the view menu. You will options in to ‘Read this Page only’ or ‘Read to End of Document’.

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Printing

If your browser has CSS enabled you will be provided a “Print Friendly” version of the page with only the main body of content printed.

To print a page from the Scottish Ambulance website you can perform one of the following actions:

  • select print from the File menu system of your browser;
  • use the keyboard key combination Ctrl and P or;
  • use the print page link which can be found on all Scottish Ambulance pages on the right hand side of the page.  In order to use this tool your browser must support and have JavaScript turned on.

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