We use the following methods to make sure our site is accessible to as many people as possible:

  • All pages are structured so that they can be read aloud using screen readers.
  • All pictures have an alternative text description.
  • Our stylesheets allow for text resizing using your browser settings.
  • Our stylesheets allow you to change the site colour scheme using your browser settings, ensuring it can be used by visitors who find the existing colour scheme hard to read.
  • We are committed to Plain English in all our written content.
  • The website can be navigated without the use of a mouse.
  • A non-serif font is used for easier readability.
  • We do not use all-capitals for emphasis.
  • We use a hierarchy of heading markups i.e an h1 tag for main headings, h2 for secondary headings etc. which makes it easier for screen readers to work out the structure of a page.
  • Our site can be viewed in a logical order when all styling is turned off.

Document format

Currently many of our documents are stored as PDF (Portable Document Format). We are uploading newer documents as accessible PDFs and moving to providing more html alternatives. For alternative formats pleaseĀ email the authority enquiries team.

To view PDFs you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This software is free to download. For more help and information about accessibility, visit the Adobe website.

Making your computer more accessible

AbilityNet provides guidance about how to: