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W3C Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Guidelines and Standards
This site has been re-designed according to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Version 1.0) and conforms to most Priority 1 (A Compliance), Priority 2 (AA Compliance) and Priority 3 (AAA Compliance) checkpoints. As there are over 25,000 HTML pages on this website, some older parts may not yet fully conform to the above guidelines. If you encounter difficulties regarding accessibility in relation to any particular page or set of pages, please contact us at 065-6846351 or 065-6842461, or email mailbox@clarelibrary.ie and we will attempt to provide a solution to make the website more accessible to you.

Browsealoud: speech-enabling this website
This website is speech-enabled, via Browsealoud. Simply by scrolling your mouse over the text that you want read to you, Browsealoud will read and speak what you require, helping you navigate this and other Browsealoud enabled websites more easily. Browsealoud is a computer program that reads out all website content. As you move the cursor over words, they are spoken aloud. While websites have to pay a yearly charge to be Browsealoud-friendly, Browsealoud is free to the end user.

Browsealoud features include:

  • Free to download
  • Easy to use
  • Control of voice, pitch and speed
  • User defined hotkeys to activate and deactivate speech
  • A pronunciation engine to add words and define how a word is pronounced
  • The option to add voices to those already on the computer
  • The option to have the program start when the computer starts More info >>

To avail of this service, simply download Browsealoud for your browser. Download here >> Please note that if you are behind a firewall you will need to unzip the zipped file when downloaded. You can unzip it using the free utility Winrar.

A full list of browsealoud enabled websites is available at the Browsealoud directory >>
Please note that by default, hyperlinks are not indicated in Browsealoud. To enable hyperlink notification, the second tab in the Options panel (Customise Speech) has an option ('I want links to be identified') to speak whatever verbal indicator the user requires whenever a hyperlink is encountered. For instance, if the user requires the software to say 'hyperlink' whenever a link is encountered then the user needs to check this box in the options panel and in the input box type 'hyperlink'. This word will then be spoken whenever a hyperlink is encountered.

Virtual Magnifying Glass
Virtual Magnifying Glass 2.35 is a free, open source, screen magnification tool for Windows. It is simple, customizable and easy-to-use. See screenshot below. Tip: use the 'arrow' keys on your keyboard to enlarge the amount of screen covered by the magnifying glass.

Download your free copy of the Magnifying Glass by clicking the link below and choosing a download site closest to you if the download does not begin shortly:

Mg235_install.exe size: 139 kB

Screenshot of Virtual Magnifying Glass

System requirements:
PC computer
Microsoft® Windows® XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98 or 95;
1024x768 or higher screen resolution and at least 16-bit colors recommended.
A good display adapter and CPU recommended for smooth performance.
Multiple-display systems are supported on Windows 98/ME, Windows NT4/2000/XP.

Change font size:
To enlarge text only, hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard, and use the mousewheel on your mouse to increase or decrease text size.

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