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Accessibility

We've provided a variety of ways to help you get the most out of our site, from finding information and changing the way the site looks to getting in touch with us.

Finding information


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Ways to view / hear the website

  • 'Choose Style' (top left-hand corner of page) option lets you change the way our site looks. Pick the style you prefer and it will be remembered for future visits.
  • printer icon 'Printer–Friendly Page' (top right-hand corner of page) option lets you print a cut–down version of the current page, giving you just the information you need and saving ink and paper.

  • loudspeaker icon 'Listen to this page' (top right-hand corner of page) feature: by selecting this option the text on the webpages is converted to speech using a text–to–speech service called DixerIt–Plus.

    You do not need to install any special software on your computer to use this service, however you will need speakers or headphones plugged in, turned on and set to an appropriate volume.

    There are several ways to listen to a page:

    • Highlight the text you want to listen to and click the 'Read Text' icon.
    • Hover your mouse pointer over the paragraph you want listen to and click the paragraph icon that appears.
    • Click the 'Read Links' icon to have all the links on the page read to you. To follow a link just enter its number into the 'Go to' box and click 'Go'.

    Dixerit Plus also has screen magnifier and colour contrast tools which can adjust the way the webpage looks. For further assistance, use the Help facility in the application, by clicking the 'Help' menu.

  • If you would like to use the 'read out loud' option for PDFs then you will need to save a copy onto your computer. You can then open the document using Adobe Reader and chose 'read out loud' option from the 'view' menu.

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Links and pictures

Throughout our website links (to other webpages, documents and external sites) all have 'title attributes'. These describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.

Images on our website have 'alternative text attributes', often known as 'alt text'. The content of the image is described within the alt text. This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers.


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Other languages

The text on our webpages can be translated into a variety of different languages using the translation service from Google. Please note: this is a word for word translation service. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided by it.

More information

BBC My Web My WayMore detailed information about how to make the web easier to use, including how to use the accessibility features in your operating system and useful 'How To' guides, is available at BBC My Web My Way.


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Get in touch

  • Contact Us lets you get in touch with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
  • Feedback lets you report problems and suggestions to our web team.

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