Accessibility Techniques

Outlined below are some accessibility techniques for commonly-used browsers. We strongly encourage you to use the latest version of your manufacturer's browser. Newer browsers have better support for accessibility functions and security features.

You will also find information on the functionality of the site and what file types you might find across the site, and how to access them.

How do I make the text smaller/larger?

The best way to change the text size for this website is to use the settings in your browser. Below is a list of links to the help pages on the most popular browsers:

File Downloads

This site contains PDF documents, Word documents, RTF files, Text documents, Spreadsheets and Audio-visual content that requires various software be available on your computer to open, view and consume.

Below is a list of software that may help you access content contained on the Industry and Science website.

Note: The Australian Government does not endorse or offer warranties as to the suitability or safety of any of the below-listed products. As with any software installation, care should always be taken to verify that the software being installed is appropriate for your needs and malware-free.

Microsoft Word (DOC / DOCX) and Rich Text Format (RTF)

Microsoft Word format is the most commonly used office software and is useful if you want to edit files after downloading them.

RTF files are also used where you may want to edit the document. Most word processing programs can open RTF files, however if necessary you can use the free Microsoft Word Program to view these files. RTF files are typically larger than the same file in Word format.

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)

This format is used where it is important to lock the formatting and details of a document, e.g. for legal documents. Adobe PDF reader is the most widely adopted PDF reading software available.

Foxit PDF Reader is an alternative to the Adobe reader and works just the same as the Adobe reader.

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets (XLS / XLSX)

Microsoft Excel is used for many things, most commonly it used to provide table data, graphs and charts. Microsoft Excel Viewer is the free version of Microsoft Excel.

Audio Visual

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is an open source media player that supports a wide range of operating system and supports all audio visual formats.

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is the default player for the Microsoft Windows operating system and supports most audio visual formats.

Tips on downloading files

Downloading a file varies from browser to browser. It also depends on what add-in programs you might have installed in your browser.

  1. Try clicking on the download link first and if a dialogue box is displayed choose the Save option.
  2. If clicking on a link starts a process which displays the file in your browser rather than download it, try holding down the {Shift} or {Ctrl} key while clicking on the link, or, try using the right mouse button when selecting the link.
  3. In Internet Explorer try clicking on the link with the right mouse button and selecting Save Target As.

The site does not fit on my screen – can I still use it?

Yes. This website is designed with a fixed layout and will fit the most commonly-used screen widths. On a normal desktop browser, the site will appear in the middle of the screen and adopt more white space on either side of the content for higher screen resolution settings. Screens narrower than 1024px may need to scroll horizontally to see some portions of the site.

If your screen resolution is lower than 1024px in width, or, you want to make your screen resolution higher, use the links below to learn how to change your screen resolution on your operating system.

Why do pages look different when I print them out?

When printing from this website we attempt to provide a print-optimised version of the page, removing navigation, background colours and images, resulting in a page that will be suitable for a wide range of printers.

I don’t understand some of the words or phrases on this site – who can help me understand?

If you’re having trouble with the words used on this site, please contact us with your question directly.

Inclusion of specific browsers, tools or software does not imply endorsement.