We want everyone
to be able to use our website as fully as possible, regardless of the technology they are using, their
IT skills or personal ability.
The Practical Tips section
contains guidelines to getting the most out of our website, including accessing content and customising
the site to suit your own computer and requirements.
DHSSPS website has been tested on a range of browsers including:
Internet Explorer Version 6+
Firefox Version 3+
- Opera Version 10+
You can set your computer to display different
The DHSSPS website has been designed
to work best in screen resolutions of 1024 x 768 pixels and above.
information on adjusting the display resolution try the help files in your operating system or consult
the manufacturer's website.
Our font and background clours have been chosen
to give maximum contrast in colour and brightness. However you may find it beneficial to change
these to suit your own needs.
The BBC website provides detailed
guidance on how to do this in each browser and operating system.
To change the font size, select the View Menu
at the top of your window. Scroll down and select the Text size option.
select a text size from the range listed.
to a Full Screen View (F11 Key)
Normally when you view a
web page the window is framed by the browser toolbar, menu items etc. If you are using a large
font size this leaves only a small space available for the web site information.
give yourself a bigger screen view, press the F11 key on the top
row of the keyboard. To go back to the normal view press F11 again.
If a link goes to an external site it is clearly marked
with the double arrow symbol at the end of the link (
). The symbol contains the
alternative text 'link to an external site' when you hover over it with the mouse.
of our external links open in the same browser window enabling you to use the back key or Shift and
Tab keys to go back to the DHSSPS website.
If one of the
external links fails to open, it may be due to a technical problem with the external website.
you have persistent problems with a link from the DHSSPS site to an external site, please contact the
giving the details of the link.
Use your up and down arrow keys to scroll up or
down the page.
Pressing Page Up or Page Down will move you
further up or down the page.
You can use the Tab key to move
between links, and then press Return or Enter to select the link.
the Shift and Tab keys together will move you back between links.
go back to the previous page, press the Backspace key.
An option to print the current page has been included
at the bottom of the right hand menu.
To print the
page, simply select this link. On the window
that appears select your printer or number of copies required and then select print.
return to the webpage, select the Return to Standard Page option at the bottom of the window.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and provides
a fast and effective way of keeping up to date with news and information using website feeds.
view RSS feeds you will need a news reader, which you should choose based on your browser type.
Some News Readers are built into Internet Browsers others are available online and many are free of
you have installed a news reader you can subscribe to this RSS feed in a number of ways, including the
- Drag the orange RSS button
into your News Reader
- Drag the URL (web address) of the RSS feed
into your News Reader
- Cut and paste the URL of the RSS feed into
your News Reader
the DHSSPS website has the following RSS Feeds.
Documents on the DHSSPS website are normally available
in one (or more) of the following formats: PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
following software is available to enable you to open the different file types used on the DHSSPS website.
documents on our website can be opened and viewed online, but you may wish to download them.
download a document simply right click on the document link, on the menu that appears select the
Save Target As option. You can then choose a folder on your computer to save the document
PDF stands for Portable Document Format and
is a common
document format used on the DHSSPS website.
To open and read
a PDF document
you need to have a program called Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. The program
is free of charge and may be downloaded from the Adobe Acrobat site.
When you click on the link to a PDF, it will
open in your browser window. The Acrobat toolbar will appear below the address bar, featuring a number
of tools to help you view and search the document.
your mouse over the icons, without clicking, will tell you what each of them does.
Search Tool (a pair of binoculars) allows you to search the PDF document for a particular word or phrase.
online PDF conversion tool is also available if you want to convert a PDF document into HTML or Text.
can choose to type in the address of a PDF file and get the software to translate the file into a more
format while you wait. Or you can email the address of the file (or the file itself) to Adobe, and they
will email a translation back.
The translations of the files
may not be as clearly formatted as the original PDF file.
My Web, My Way
The My Web,
My Way aim is to to help arm its audience with the tools and understanding which will enable them to
make the most of the world-wide web, whatever their ability or disability.