We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so follow many of the available standards and guidelines.
Some of our pages from legacy sites, or those developed and maintained by 3rd parties, might not currently conform to these standards. However, we are actively engaging with content providers across the authority to ensure that all future webpages are compliant with W3C guidelines for accessibility (AA standard)
Our website has been constructed in accordance with the following W3C web accessibility standards and is maintained to these standards as much as possible.
HTML 4.01 Transitional CSS 2 Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) to Priority Level 2 (AA)
Our website currently runs on the Umbraco Content Management System to enable greater control over our webpages and to ensure conformity to these standards.
Our website is Browsealoud enabled. Browsealoud is a speech enabling program that makes web content more accessible to anyone with difficulties reading. Simply by hovering your mouse pointer over an area of text, Browsealoud will read that text out loud. Browsealoud not only speech enables the website content, it will also speak out loud the menus and hyperlinks, helping you navigate the website more easily. All you have to do to take advantage of this service, is download the free Browsealoud program. The download is 3-12MB.
Browsealoud is a Windows application and can be used with Internet Explorer 4 upwards or Netscape Navigator.