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Site Help

This page contains advice on how to best use this website. Below is information about the structure of the site and descriptions of the file types used within the site.

Site Structure

Within the site are six main sections:

The pages within each section can be accessed by using the menu system that is on the left of every page of the main site. Within the site, there are links to mini-sites (e.g. Design guidelines for effective e-learning) which open in a new window because they independent of the main site’s navigation.


Extensive advice for those with visual impairments or other disabilities is contained on the Accessibility page. There is a link to this advice at the top of every page of the main site.


All links on this site that open in a new window are indicated by the following symbol: external link icon

Portable Document Format

Some content on this site is as Adobe® PDF (Portable Document Format). PDF content is identified by the following icon:

Example PDF icon

The best way to view PDFs is to have the free Adobe Reader® installed on your computer. PDFs can then be downloaded for viewing/printing. If you do not currently have the Reader application installed, it can be downloaded via the link below:

link to download Adobe Reader® Get Adobe Reader® (opens in new window)

The way web browser handle PDFs differs across platforms and configurations. On Windows computers the ‘Adobe PDF viewer’ browser plugin will enable direct viewing of PDFs within the browser. This method of viewing PDFs is convenient but not ideal because the technology does not support the full scope of PDF document functionality and can result in delays whilst the PDF loads.

Advice for Windows users

It is suggested that Windows users download PDFs by clicking with the right mouse button and selecting ‘Save rel As’. Select a destination for the PDF and then double-click on the file to open the PDF in Adobe Reader.

Advice for Macintosh users

By default web browsers on the Macintosh will download PDFs to the desktop. Double-click on the document icon on the desktop to open the PDF in Adobe Reader.


Movies and panoramic images on this site are in QuickTime format. To view QuickTime content you will need the Apple QuickTime Player application installed on your computer. If you do not currently have the QuickTime installed, it can be downloaded via the link below:

quicktime logo Get QuickTime® (opens in new window)

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