Northern Regional College has striven to ensure that content on this site is perceivable to as many of its stakeholders as possible. To facilitate this process JISC TechDis has launched a new internet browser tool that will make information on the web more accessible. This free application can be installed on a website or downloaded onto an individual PC, with versions for Windows, Mac and Linux, providing significant benefits for everyone using the internet, especially those involved in education or with a disability.
The new JISC TechDis Toolbar provides a range of productivity and accessibility tools and aids to help users customise the way they view and interact with web pages. Features include a text to speech function, spell checking and dictionary facilities, and a feature for gathering referencing information within a web page. It also provides simple ways to adjust the magnification or font used on web pages.
The JISC TechDis Toolbar is suitable for different operating systems and is designed to work with all browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. You can download either:
The simplest way to get started is to play with the Lite version – there is a ‘Getting Started’ video clip at http://www.lexdis.org.uk/technology/112
The installation method differs depending on the route you choose and the admin rights you have:
For the Lite version, please click the following link and the Toolbar should appear at the top of the webpage: JISC TechDis Toolbar Lite. Alternatively, to store this link as a bookmark (so it can be used on any future pages) please drag the link into your browser's bookmark area (in Firefox), or right-click the link and add it to your favourites (in IE and other browsers).
To download and install the JISC TechDis Toolbar on a Windows-based computer, please download and run the Windows Installer for the JISC TechDis Toolbar
For other Operating Systems and Browsers, downloadable instructions on the manual installation of the JISC TechDis Toolbar are available from the Manual Instructions page.
Further instructions if required can be found at http://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ToolBar/.
To uninstall the JISC TechDis toolbar, please view the relevant browser document from the Manual Instructions page - these documents contain step by step instructions to uninstall the toolbar.
Whilst tools such as inbuilt browser magnification and colour changes or third party portable apps still have an important role to play, the toolbar is a simple accessibility application that provides all of the functionality you would usually get in many different products.
The logo on the JISC TechDis Toolbar can be selected to receive updates for the Toolbar. We suggest you check for updates regularly, and press the refresh button in your browser to complete the update. The features on the Toolbar will not work with all websites, as their functionality may be dependent on the design elements within individual pages. It is important to realise it may not be possible to change certain colours, fonts, or even to check spelling in some forms.
|Select the Magnifier buttons to increase or decrease the size of text. If text resizing makes the site unreadable you may wish to use your browser zoom feature to increase both the image and the text sizes.|
|Select the Font button to choose a different type of font for the text and increase line spacing.|
|Select the Spell Checker button while writing in a plain text form. Suggestions are shown below the text-area after a pause. Disable the checker by selecting the button once more. Note that this may not work with rich-text editors that already have spell checkers.|
|Select the Dictionary button after highlighting a word in the web page and a definition from Wiktionary will appear.|
|Select the text-to-speech button and choose whether you want the whole page read out loud, or just the highlighted text. You can highlight a portion of text before selecting the Text-to-Speech button to have only that text read out. Wait for that section to finish before highlighting a new section of text. Note that large pages, such as Facebook pages, may require you to select smaller portions of text at a time.|
|Select the References button and JISC TechDis Toolbar will scan the page for referencing information - it will collect as much as it can linked to authorship, dates, title of the page, name of the website and the URL. Once you have selected the green tick you can highlight the text and copy it into any notepad or word processor.|
|Select the Styles button to alter the colour of the JISC TechDis Toolbar, change the web page colours - background, text and links or choose pre-made page styles. Some web page colour changes also impact on the toolbar.|
|Select help to gain access to instructions for use.|
|Select the return menu if you wish to restore the webpage to its original style.|
|Select close to exit JISC TechDis Toolbar.|