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Accessibility information and guidelines.

NB: Interim exemption from complying with the New Zealand Government’s Web Guidelines

The Ministry of Education is currently in the process of redeveloping its existing websites. This process includes ensuring that they comply with the New Zealand Governments Web and Accessibility Guidelines. Until that exercise has been completed, if you have difficulty navigating or accessing any of the information that this site provides, please contact wicked@wicked.org.nz and we will endeavour to supply you with the information being sought.

Viewing a text version of the website

Some users may experience contrast issues. Styles in the browser can be turned off to offer a simplified view in the following ways:

  • If using Internet Explorer – go to Tools > Internet options > Accessibility
  • If using Firefox – go to View > Page style > No style
  • If using Safari - go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced > select Menu in the menu bar > go to Develop on the menu bar > select Disable Styles
  • If using Opera – go to View > Style > User mode

Changing text size

You can increase or decrease the size of the on-screen text in the following ways:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0 (Windows) – Select the 'Page' menu, then 'Text Size', and then your chosen size. If using a mouse wheel, the page can be zoomed. To do this, hold down CTRL and roll the mouse wheel.
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 (Windows) – Select the 'View' menu, then 'Text Size', and then your chosen size. If using a mouse wheel, the page can be zoomed. To do this, hold down CTRL and roll the mouse wheel.
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 (Windows, Mac) – Select the 'View' menu, then 'Text Size', and then your chosen size. If using a mouse wheel, the page can be zoomed. To do this, hold down CTRL and roll the mouse wheel.
  • Firefox 1.0+, 1.5 & 2.0 (Windows, Mac) – Select the 'View' menu, then 'Text Size', and then select decrease or increase. Alternatively, to increase the text size hold down CTRL (Windows) or Apple (Mac) and use the + key, or to decrease the text size, hold down CTRL and use the – key.
  • Firefox 3.0+ - Select the 'View' menu, then 'Zoom', to increase the text size select 'Zoom In', to decrease the text size select 'Zoom Out'. Alternatively, to increase the text size hold down CTRL (Windows) or Apple (Mac) and use the + key, or to decrease the text size, hold down CTRL and use the – key.
  • Opera 7.0+ – Select the 'View' menu, then 'Zoom', and then select the percentage increase or decrease you require. Alternatively, hold down CTRL and use the + key, or to decrease the text size, hold down CTRL and use the – key.
  • Safari 1.2+ (Mac) – Select the 'View' menu, then 'Make Text Bigger' or 'Make Text Smaller'. Alternatively, select Apple and the + key, or Apple and the – key.

Using reCAPTCHA

We use the reCAPTCHA application to prevent spamming systems from completing our online forms. reCAPTCHA requires the user to interpret and type characters into a text box. It attempts to ensure a human, rather than a computer, is completing the form. reCAPTCHA has an audio alternative for visually impaired users.