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Website Accessibility and Help

Defence endeavours to make its web content as accessible as possible to the widest audience.  This includes those users who use assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web-users in the community.

Browser Settings

Some commonly used browsers require different settings to allow users to make website more viewable. Pointers on how to make viewing websites more pleasant are found at the Media Access Australia (MAA) website - http://mediaaccess.org.au/online-media/web-browsers. The MAA website has information and links to other websites that provide methods on altering text size, setting defaults for popular browsers and other tools.

Hints and Tips on making your web experience better

How do I make the text smaller / bigger?

The site does not fit on my screen – can I still use it?

Why do pages look different when I print them out?

I don’t use a mouse – can I still use the site?

I am deaf – how can I access audio content on this site?

I use a screen reader – how will the site work for me?

Reading PDF Documents

Defence has many users across both the Intranet (DRN) and the Internet (WWW) who read PDF documents through various browsers.

A List of PDF readers is available from the Australian Government Web Guide website, along with other information on why PDF documents are used and accessibility issues.