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Welcome to the Simply Informed website.

This site is meant to be a central source of information for all working in the Visual Impairment arena, who need to understand some of the basics in setting up today’s Smart Phones, Tablets and Computers. The presented content will hopefully be of use to fully sighted as well as partially sighted people.

Since its inception this site's content has grown to cover others topics such music, games, HTML coding and also some maths. All topics are accessed via the main Menu On/Off button at the top right hand corner of the screen.

If you visit this site and think it looks rather old, outdated and a bit simple in its format; please note this website has been design to be easy to navigate by vision impaired users. Therefore complex imagery is not used and where possible information is presented in an accessible, easily readable format across any device; tablet, smart phone or computer. At the base of any page originated by this site you will find some accessibility buttons that may be of use when reading each page.

I include a page containing links to Useful Sites that you might like to check out, under the general heading of Health, Welfare, Social and Charity Sites.

Please note that as of Oct 2021 any new links suggested for this site must ideally be related to vision impairment, as well as being sourced from 'not for profit' or 'charitable organisations'.

Winter 2019: New page has been added focusing on HTML development; this page is for anyone wanting to start HTML coding, or for anyone wanting to know what makes web pages work, if interested please go to VIP HTML Primer page for more information. On your first visit to the "VIP HTML Primer Page", I suggest you navigate to the Audio Help Section, where there is a drop down list of some basic topics, choose the Introduction topic (which is the default option) and then make sure you activate the "Select Audio Button"; to make this the current topic, you can then choose the Play or Pause buttons which follow the Select button as required to listen to the selected help content.

Summer 2020: New more child friendly page has been added focusing on HTML development, if interested please go to Child Friendly HTML Primer

Winter 2020: a new page has been added taking visitors to the game of Blonge which supports speech feedback and can be driven by keyboard, mouse and touch screen, enabling VIP’s to better join in a quiz based game with all, if interested please go to BLONGE

Jan 2021: New Music App 'DoReMi Play'has been added to this site, which may prove helpful to anyone wanting to learn a simple instrument, like the recorder and at the same time, learn to read and write basic music scores.
The 'DoReMi Play' App enables you to compose basic tunes and play them back to yourself, perhaps providing a bit of fun to help pass a few hours, especially during this 'Covid-19 lock down' period. Visit this link DoReMi Play Soprano Recorder for the first released App.

Feb 2021: Addition to 'DoReMi Play' Music App to include Alto Recorder.
Visit this link DoReMi Play: Alto Recorder for more information.

Mar 2021:Addition to 'DoReMi Play' Music App to include full range of Tin Whistles / Irish Flutes.
Visit this link DoReMi Play: Tin Whistles for more information.

The DoReMi App now provides utilities for transposing any music written in its own format 'TuneText', as well as the option to convert 'TuneText' files to Midi format with pre-selection from a list of 128 instruments. Select the green Utilities button on any 'DoReMi Play' page.

Feb 2022: Addition of new Webpage in support of Spring Board into Music, run at the Nuneaton Community Centre Nuneaton, starting Feb 24th @ 12:30. Accessible via the main menu or via this link: Spring Board into Music For more info please contact me Andrew H

Ideally the 'DoReMi Play' App's should be used by those with knowledge of reading music and playing the recorder, so as to help visually impaired people (including those without any sight issues), to be able to master the above instruments and play simple tunes.

For more info please feel free to contact me Andrew H

Please note: Some of the links on this site will take you to a text only page which is easy to navigate using your preferred Screen Reader, other links will take you to standard web pages, if you follow a link to a web page that is difficult to navigate using a screen reader, then please email me at and I will do my best to provide a repurposed text only version of that page, adding a new link to it on this site for you to follow.

It is my wish that this site should grow to provide more generic impartial information on other products and services that are of use to anyone struggling with sight issues. Most of us benefit from reviews by people who have had a good experience with a product or service. So ideally I would prefer that the site content is driven by Users, who feel it would benefit others, if they shared their personal experience of a product or service.

If you have any ideas please feel free to contact me at, of course any contributors will be given full credit for anything they generate that is then added to this site. For those of you reading this page with a screen reader, the email address to contact me on is, overseer at simply informed dot u k, there are no spaces between the simply informed bit, and yes it is only dot u k, not anything else.

This is a not for profit site which is populated by myself on a purely voluntary basis.

I would like to acknowledge the work of CALL Scotland who are the current distributors for the WordTalk text-to-speech plug-in for MSWord, which on some occasions I use for generation of the audible content available on this site. The author of WordTalk is Mr Rod Macaulay. For more information please visit Wordtalk

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Accessibility Page Control Section

Keyboard control (Chrome/Safari, note add shift for Firefox): Screen Speak - Press ALT + s, Pause Audio - Press Alt + p.
To reset/reload page activate the Reload Page button below.

Search Section

If you are using a laptop, then to search for text on any currently displayed page press Control and F, then enter the required search text in the displayed search box. Any text found in the current page will be highlighted, you can use the up and down symbols displayed within the search box to search forward or backwards for occurrences of your search text.

If you are accessing this site via a smart phone or tablet, you will need to navigate to the 'More options' button, usually towards the top right hand side of your screen, to access your device Search options for the currently displayed page. Note that sometimes instead of the word 'Search' your device might display 'Find in page' as the option to select for searching the current page.

To search for text primarily in other pages of the Simplyinformed Website, enter text in the search box below. To get back from the search results Press ALT and Left Arrow. Please note there may be a few initial links that take you to other sites that match your site search string, these can of course be disregarded if you only want to be taken to content on this site. Please note that the Search box is displayed as a table with one row and three columns, in other there are three cells in the search table layout. Cell one is where you enter your search string and press enter, or move to cell two to activate the Search Button. Move to cell three to find the clear search content button to clear out the text in cell on, ready to enter a new search string. Use the Up and Down arrows to move through search table cells when using NVDA. Once the Narrator has been taken to the search box press the enter key so that the screen reader switches into text input mode.

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