This website incorporates a number of features for
visitors with disabilities.
Images have an alternative textual description which
will pop-up when the the mouse pointer hovers over them and will
be spoken by screen reader.
Where appropriate some hyperlinks have an additional,
informative title which will be revealed when the mouse pointer
hovers over them and will be spoken by screen reader.
Using the keyboard to navigate
The 'Tab' key can be used to move from hyperlink
to hyperlink causing each link in turn to be enclosed within a
faint border. When a link is activated in this way pressing either
the 'Enter' or 'Return' key will open the page to which the link
In order to avoid having to tab through the main
navigation panel at the top each time you view a page, press 'Alt'
and 's' at the same time followed by 'Enter' to jump to the side
navigation panel on the left of the page, then use the tab key
to select the link you require. Or press 'Alt' and 'm' followed
by 'Enter' to jump to the main text on the page. Note: a few pages
do not have an additional side navigation panel, therefore only
the Alt + m option is available to avoid confusion.
When following a hyperlink from a thumbnail image
in the Virtual Galleries, on each page which opens there is a
'Back' button for returning to the thumbnail gallery (or previous)
page. Holding down the 'Alt' key and pressing the 'Left Arrow'
key will also move back through the pages one at a time.
The top menu bar is accessible using the following
Press the 'Alt' key and one of the following, followed
by 'Enter' -
1 - Home
2 - Smugglers
3 - Shipwrecks
4 - Dorset Museums
5 - For Teachers
6 - Virtual Galleries
7 - Archive
s - Jump to side navigation panel
m - Jump to main text
How to increase the text size in Internet
Explorer 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0
- Choose the drop-down menu at the top of the window marked 'View'
- A list of options will appear - choose 'Text Size'
- Another drop-down menu will appear - choose 'Larger' or 'Largest'
On a few pages there are links to pop-up windows. Your browser
(or other software) will need to have pop-up windows enabled in
order to browse them. In particular many pages in the Shipwreck
section have thumbnail images of objects recovered from wrecks.
These link to pop-up windows which load larger images and more information.