W3C Disability Access
Department of Occupational Safety and Health Website offers some features to assist the visitors who might need some adjustments to the original content so that they could access the information they needed in their best form. This is to conforms with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) mission, that is to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
The current features we have are :
1. Text resizer - Resize the font size if you need it bigger or smaller to ease your reading. You could find it at the bottom-right of our banner (beside the search box).
2. Color selection - Change the theme color of the website to make it more visible for those who had colour blind vision. You could find it at the bottom-left, just above the banner, beside the languages selection.
3. Text reader - Read the text on the website, especially the speeches, the news, and some of the other contents. The reader reads the text automatically and the computer generated speech will be produced so that those who had problems reading our content could still get it when they listen to it. You can use either :
(a) Embedded link text reader - When browsing the website, you will find the icon at the right-top of the content box. Click on the icon and a pop-up window will appear. Please wait for a while for the page to load. You can hear the speech as well as download the generated mp3 from the page. Please take note that this is an external page hosted on an external server and it is a free service. The load time might be longer if the text to be processed is longer. Please also take note that the sound may not be precisely pronounce and currently only processed the English word correctly.
(b) IE Page Reader - Use the Page Reader Bar which could be found here. Before you can use this component you have to install MS Speech API. If you use Windows 2000, most likely, your system already has the necessary components. You also need at least one Speech engine installed. Speech engine is a "voice" that can be male or female, and can speak English or French or any other language. For more information, click here.