We have recently installed an accessibility toolbar on our University of London website, which contains a number of features that enable users with a diverse range of disabilities to access the website’s content.
Developed and supported by Gateshead-based company Recite Me, the accessibility toolbar contains a number of options for tailoring the content on the web page, including:
Having the page read aloud to them in a choice of over 35 different languages.
Changing the written text on the page into one of over a hundred different languages.
Changing the colour scheme of the page, so that the text and background make the content easier to read.
Magnifying the text, so that it appears larger on the screen.
Using a screen mask tool, to isolate parts of the page.
Using a ruler tool, to make reading from left to right easier.
It can be activated on any page of the University of London website by clicking on the "Accessibility tools" icon in the right hand corner of the page.
See the below table for a full list of the features in the toolbar.
Play text reader/Rewind/Fast forward
Select font type/Increase font size
Change colour theme
Enable/Disable screen mask
Enable/Disable text mode
Download audio file
Enable/Disable magnifying glass
We hope that toolbar will make our website accessible for all of our users, and are open to receiving feedback on the effectiveness of the toolbar.