Accessibility

Keyboard access

This website uses the access keys recommended for New Zealand Government websites. How you use access keys depends on the type and version of browser you are using.

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Changing text size


You may change the font size on any web page on this site.

Most browsers (with the exception of Internet Explorer) allow resizing of text via the following keyboard commands:

Windows: CTRL and the ‘+’ or ‘-’ keys.

Macintosh: and the ‘+’ or ‘-’ keys.

To change the font size in Internet Explorer, go to the View Menu and select Text Size.

Links within our site

As much as possible, links are written to make sense out of context. If the link does not make sense out of context, it has a title attribute to describe the context in greater detail. Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same text point to the same address. No links open a new page without warning.

Links to other sites

We have linked to other sites where we think the information they contain may be of value to you. We make no guarantees that they will be accessible.

Images

All content images include descriptive alt attributes. All decorative graphics use NULL alt attributes. Where the information conveyed by an image cannot be contained in a short alt, a full text description is provided either on the same page or on a linked page.

Navigation elements are all in plain text, not images.

Visual design


This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browsing device does not support stylesheets, the content of each page is still readable.

Standards compliance

  • All pages on this site validate as HTML 4.01 Transitional
  • The css files used validate
  • All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+2.

Printing

  • This site uses a print stylesheet for printing purposes. This allows a page to be printed straight from the browser in a “print-friendly” manner.
  • Only the main content from the page will be printed – the top banner and navigation links and images will not be printed.
  • Note that the print stylesheet will only be recognised in version 5 browsers and above.

How to select access keys


Access Keys are selected in different ways according to which browser you use:

Internet Explorer 5+:

Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key, then press ENTER.

Internet Explorer 4:

Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key.

Internet Explorer 5+ for Mac:

Hold down the CTRL key and select the number/letter of the access key.

Internet Explorer 4.5 for Mac:

Access keys are not supported

Netscape 6+:

Hold down the ALT (CTRL for Macintosh) key and select the number/letter of the access key.

Netscape earlier versions:

Access keys are not supported.

Mozilla Firefox and variants (including Camino):

Hold down the ALT (CTRL for Macintosh) key and select the number/letter of the access key.

Safari (Mac OS X):

Hold down the CTRL key and select the number/letter of the access key.

Omniweb (Mac OS X):

Hold down the CTRL key and select the number/letter of the access key.

Opera – 7.5+:

Press SHIFT+ESC, followed by the number/letter of the access key.

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