Accessibility tips and features on the Healthy Start website

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About accessibility

What is accessibility and why does it matter?
To be accessible, the Healthy Start website must be as easy to use and understand as possible, for as many visitors as possible. We comply with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Level A guidelines for accessibility and we are committed to improving.

W3C web accessibility initiative

Text size and colour

Can I change font sizes and the colours of the website?

Yes. This may be useful for you if you have low vision, and need larger fonts or high-contrast colours. You can change the font size, style and colour, and choose an alternative colour for links. You can also change background and foreground colours.

How do I do that on a PC?
If using Internet Explorer on a PC, select the View menu at the top of your window. To change font size, scroll down and select the Text size option. To ignore font and background colours, choose the Internet options from the Tools menu at the top of the window. On the General tab of the window that appears, click the Accessibility button. This takes you to a menu where you can choose to ignore the way the page is formatted. Then return to the Internet options menu, and use the Colours and Fonts buttons to set your preferences.

For other PC-based browsers, please refer to your browser help file for instruction on how to increase your text size.

How do I change the text size on an Apple Mac?
From Internet Explorer, select Preferences from the Edit menu at the top of the window. From there, click on Web content and uncheck the Show style sheets option. Then return to the list of preferences and choose Web browser. Then click on Language/fonts and choose the size you need.

For other Mac-based browsers, please refer to your browser help file for instruction on how to increase your text size.

Access keys

Access keys (keyboard shortcuts) for this website are as follows:

s = Skip Navigation
0 = Home
1 = About Healthy Start
2 = Food and Health Tips
3 = Recipes
4 = For Health Professionals
5 = For Retailers
6 = Site Map
7 = Accessibility
8 = Privacy Policy
9 = Terms and Conditions

How to use access keys
How you use access keys depends on which operating system you’re using and your browser version.

PC running Windows using Internet Explorer v5+
Press and hold the ALT key, press the access key and then press ENTER.

PC running Windows using Netscape v6+ or Mozilla
Press and hold the ALT key, then press the access key of your choice.

Mac using Internet Explorer v5+
Press and hold Control and then press the access key.

Please note that access keys are not supported by Opera or earlier versions of the above web browsers.

Keyboard navigation

Do I have to use a mouse to navigate the Healthy Start website?
No. Use your arrow keys to scroll up or down the page. You can use your Tab key to move between links, and press Return or Enter to select one. To go back to the previous page, use the Backspace key.

Downloading documents

What formats are downloadable documents provided in?
Downloadable documents on the Healthy Start site are provided in PDF format.

What if I don’t have the software to open the document?
Most computers already have the software to open these document formats. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader (for reading PDFs), it is available from the Adobe site.



How do I save documents to my computer?
If you have a PC, right-click on the link to the document. If you use a Mac, hold down the mouse button over the link. In both cases, a pop-up menu will then appear. Scroll down the menu and click on ‘Save target as’. You will then be asked to choose a folder on your computer where you can save the document.

PDF accessibility

Is there anything I can do to make PDF documents more accessible?
Useful information about services to make Acrobat documents more accessible is provided on Adobe’s website.
Adobe Acrobat support
Adobe accessibility

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