Accessibility

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This web site is committed to ensuring access for people with disabilities. Each page on our website will conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Level Double-A.

This means that people using assistive technology such as screen readers will be able to make full use of the site.

We can produce key documents in Braille, in large print, on audio tape and in other languages if you ask us. If you would like a copy in one of these formats, please contact the council to make your request on the contact number 01684 272364.
 

Our accessibility standards

  • The website has a consistent layout (main menus - top; sub menus - left; additional items - right; other information - bottom).
  • We use HTML as the default information format, and no browser-specific HTML or scripting methods are used in the website.
  • Where we do use scripts, they are not critical to the function of the site.
  • We keep the use of images to a minimum and where they are used they should have an "alt" description that should be meaningful.
  • We use clear, commonly used fonts (Arial, Helvetica or sans-serif).
  • We use Cascading Style Sheets to format and style basic elements of the website, and all colours and fonts can be adjusted by the end user or removed by switching off style sheets.
  • Our HTML pages validate against version "4.01 Transitional" HTML.
  • We provide a logical tab order for users who cannot use pointing devices.
  • Any important information we provide in a format that requires other software (e.g. MSWord or Acrobat) is offered in HTML where ever possible.

Go to www.w3.org/WAI to see the full WAI specification.
 

My web my way

Do you need help in making the web easier to use?

The My web my way site from the BBC explains what can be done and helps you to set this up.

It explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.