WomenActive-NS has tried to make this site as accessible as possible for all visitors.

Our goal for is that all pages should achieve AA Conformance Level of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

A limited number of pages, such as those displaying maps, rely on JavaScript and will not be accessible to users of certain assistive technologies or users who have turned off JavaScript in their browsers.

WomenActive-NS will continue to try to improve the accessibility of this website, and your feedback is extremely valuable.

Controlling text and colours in your web browser

You can specify the font sizes, styles and colours and foreground and background colours of Web pages displayed on your computer screen, even if the author of the Web page has already specified these. You can also specify the colour used to indicate links in Web pages, or a special colour for links that are used only when the mouse passes over the link.

This is useful if you have low vision, need larger fonts, or need high-contrast colours. You can set Internet Explorer to use the colours and fonts you specify, your default Windows colours and fonts, or the settings you specify in your own style sheet.

If you use the Internet Explorer to view the Internet, the following guide will enable you to enlarge the size of the text and control the colours on your screen.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for PC

  • Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • Select ‘Tools’ from the menu at the top of your window
  • From the options which appear, select ‘Internet options….’
  • Click on the ‘General’ tab
  • Click on the button marked ‘Accessibility’
  • To change your font size, select the checkbox marked ‘Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages’
  • To remove background and font colours, select the checkbox marked ‘Ignore colours specified on web pages’
  • Click OK (and again if necessary)
  • Select ‘View’ from the menu at the top of your window
  • From the options which appear, select ‘Text size’
  • Select your desired text size

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Apple Mac

  • Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • Select the ‘edit’ menu at the top of your window
  • From the options menu which appear, select ‘preferences’
  • Click on ‘web content’
  • Deselect the button marked ‘show style sheets’
  • Return to the list of preferences
  • Click on ‘web browser’
  • Select ‘language/fonts’
  • Select the font size you require


  • Select the ‘tools’ menu, then click ‘options’, then click ‘fonts & colours’.
  • Choose the font you want to use, and tick ‘always use my fonts’ check box, then click ‘OK’.

PDF and accessibility

While it is possible for authors to format PDF documents to meet WCAG 2.0 standards for accessibility, it is possible that not all PDF files posted to this site will do so. If you are having difficulty with a PDF posted here, please let us know.


If you think that there is an accessibility problem with the site please contact us at and explain the difficulties you are having. We will try to overcome any problems we are made aware of.