Accessibility

The Law Society of Scotland provides services to solicitors, the public, and a range of other organisations.

We’re committed to making our services as accessible as possible.  We do many things proactively to try to provide information and services in an accessible way, and if we can provide any further help, or your want to leave feedback, please contact lawscot@lawscot.or.uk or call us on 0131 226 7411.

View our full diversity strategy.

 

This page covers information on

Our website

BrowseAloud

Other services

 

Our website

This website has been developed to best practice coding conventions corresponding with guidelines stipulated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0).

Text size

You can change the text size on this application to make it either larger or smaller via your browser settings. Some browsers will allow you to magnify the whole page. To change the text size, follow the instructions below:

Internet Explorer

Click 'View' to open the View menu or press 'Alt' and 'V'. Select the 'Text Size' option or select by pressing 'X'. Choose your preferred text size using your mouse or use the up and down arrow keys Click to select the text size or press 'Enter' The text size should change to reflect your choice

Firefox

Click ‘View’ to open the View menu Select the ‘Text Size’ option Select ‘Increase’ or ‘Decrease’ The text on our site should change to reflect your choice

Safari

Click 'View' to open the View menu Click on 'Make Text Bigger' or 'Make Text Smaller' or to use the keyboard shortcuts select ‘Apple’ and ‘+’ (plus) or ‘Apple’ and ‘-’ (minus) The text size on our site should change to reflect your choice

Consistent page headings and titles

A consistent heading structure has been used so that page information is compatible with access technology.

Photographs

Photographs and images used should all have attached descriptive text.

Javascript

Where Javascript is used, we always provide a working alternative for those with Javascript turned off.

 

BrowseAloud

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Visitors can listen to this website with BrowseAloud, which is free to website visitors and can be easily downloaded from the BrowseAloud Website.

What is BrowseAloud?

BrowseAloud makes websites accessible to those who require online reading support, which is 20% of the UK population. It works by reading web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice. The user simply hovers their mouse pointer over the text to hear it read aloud.

What does BrowseAloud look like?

BrowseAloud features and options are accessed from an easy to use, floating toolbar (see below). You can position this toolbar anywhere on your screen or hide from view, as you prefer.

Browsealoud6 Toolbar

What will BrowseAloud do for me?

  • Reads web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice (Includes websites, intranets, extranets, html, accessible Flash, alt tags)
  • Reads secure web pages
  • Reads PDF and Word documents in their original format
  • Highlights each word as it is spoken to show you where you are on the page
  • Magnifies text to your chosen font size and font style
  • Translates word-for-word between English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Looks up accurate dictionary definitions
  • Converts text to MP3
  • Masks information on the screen to help you focus on a particular area

Who does BrowseAloud help?

BrowseAloud helps any website visitor who requires online reading support. This includes those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language.

How do I download BrowseAloud?

If you need anymore help with BrowseAloud, please contact their Support Team on:

About BrowseAloud

BrowseAloud is the world leading text-to-speech solution from Texthelp Systems Ltd which is designed to improve website accessibility for those with literacy difficulties, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments or where English is a second language. With a choice of 17 high quality voices covering 9 international languages and a number of unique features, BrowseAloud is quickly being adopted worldwide.

Texthelp Systems Ltd was formally incorporated in 1996 and specialise in the design of assistive software solutions to support those struggling to read and write. The company is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, an Adobe Solutions Network Developer, an Apple Business Partner, an HP Business Partner and is ISO 9001:2008 accredited. For the past ten consecutive years, Texthelp Systems Ltd has been a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award winning company.

For more information contact Donna on 028 9442 8105 or email d.thomson@browsealoud.com.

 

Other services

Our standards of service for all users are set out on our standards page.  

In relation to equality, in particular we aim to ensure that the services and information we provide are open and accessible, regardless of factors such as race and gender.  We will therefore provide:

  • online information in hard copy on request (including large print)
  • information in alternative formats (such as Braille or audio tape) on request
  • loop hearing systems in our public meeting areas
  • access to signing and other interpretative services
  • textphone facilities
  • wheelchair accessibility to our office
  • accessible venues where we use external premises for events or meetings
  • the opportunity for audio and video conference meetings