What is web accessibility?
Web accessibility is the practice of making website content available to all users, particularly those with disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities. It includes making a website as accessible as possible regardless of browsing technology, such as for people with text-only web browsers and old browser versions.
ACT Government’s commitment to web accessibility
The ACT Government is committed to making its website accessible to as many people as possible. To this end we are endeavouring to meet AA accessibility checkpoints as defined in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. This commitment applies only to the ACT Government website www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au and not to websites that are linked from our pages. Compliance with web accessibility is an ongoing process which we are regularly working to improve. If you experience problems accessing any of the information on our site, please contact us and we will try our best to fix the problem or provide the information in an alternative format.
The ACT Government is committed to improving the accessibility of web content. To provide feedback or request an accessible version of a document please contact us.
General Web Accessibility Information
There are many tools that can assist people with a disability to access the Internet. These tools are either hardware or software.
These tools manipulate the keyboard or mouse, because the person with a disability cannot use them. Examples are:
- Refreshable Braille displays - A small Braille display that a blind person can use to read the screen line by line.
- Joysticks / Trackballs - Pointers that manipulate the mouse onscreen for people with motor disabilities.
- Alternative keyboards - Keyboards that have limited keys for people with motor disabilities. These include keyboards manipulated by fingers and keyboards manipulated using a head-wand.
These tools change how a user interacts with the site. Examples are:
- Screen readers - Programs that convert a web site into a Braille display or read it in audio for people who are blind, visually impaired or have dyslexia.
- Screen Magnifiers - Programs that magnify sections of the screen for people with vision impairments.
- Oversized cursors - Large cursors for people with vision impairments.
- Onscreen keyboards - Keyboards for people with motor disabilities used in combination with switching devices.
- Programs that slow down applications for people with motor disabilities.
Vision Australia provides information and links to resources.
General Browser Shortcuts
The keyboard shortcuts provided below apply to Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and Firefox.
The following keyboard shortcut forms are used throughout the lists below:
- Del= Delete
- UP, DOWN
- LEFT, RIGHT =Arrow keys
The text is too small for me to read - how can I change it?
- Press CTRL and the '+' key to increase the text size
- Press CTRL and the '-' key to decrease the text size
Where available, the key combinations for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems have been provided.
Decrease text size
Delete individual form auto-complete entry
Find as you type link
Find as you type text
Find in this page
Go down one line
Go up one line
Go down one page
Go up one page
Go to bottom of page
Go to top of page
Increase text size
Move to next frame
More to previous frame
Open link in new tab
Open link in new window
Open address in new tab
Feature Not Available Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Tab
Reload (override cache)
Restore text size
Save page as
Save link target as
Select location bar
Select next auto-complete entry in text field
Select previous auto-complete entry in text field
Select next search engine in search bar
Select previous search engine in search bar
Select tab [1 to 9]
Ctrl+[1 to 9] (Win)
Shortcuts for Internet Explorer
Details of shortcuts for various versions of Internet Explorer can be obtained from the Microsoft website.
Shortcuts for Firefox Mozilla
Details of shortcuts for various versions of Mozilla can be obtained from the Firefox website.