Accessibility

Introduction

We hope that you find the EastStaffsbc website easy to use. We are committed to making sure that our website is accessible to all. We have implemented guidelines from W3C to ensure that our website is accessible to all users.

If you experience any difficulties with our website, or have any recommendations to improve the accessibility of our website, please contact the web administrator.

Our aim is to continue to improve and develop the level of accessibility of our website so that we conform to the highest W3C 'Triple A' standard and the Ability Net/RNIB's See it right usability accreditation in the near future.

Accessibility Browser Options

  • Microsoft Internet Options - Go to Tools, select Accessibility and you can make changes to formatting and style sheets.
  • Mozilla Firefox - Go to Tools, select Options, then Advanced and you can make changes to various Accessibility options.

Using Access Keys

Access keys are keyboard shortcuts which allow the user to navigate around a website or a piece of computer software without having to use a mouse. To use an access key, hold down the ALT key and press the appropriate letter. Certain web browsers such as Internet Explorer require you to press the ENTER/RETURN key to activate the access key.

The following access keys are available on this website:

0 - Latest News
1 - Benefits
2 - Parking
3 - Planning
4 - Contact Us
5 - Waste and Recycling
6 - Council Tax
7 - Leisure and Culture

Difficulty using a mouse

If you find it difficult to use a mouse to navigate around a web page, you can follow these steps:

  • Use the Tab key on your keyboard to move the cursor to each of the links on the webpage.
  • When you have found the link you want, press Enter on your keyboard.
  • You can also use the 'Page Up' and 'Page Down' keys on your keyboard to move the page.

Standards compliance

  • All pages on the site, unless otherwise stated, are Bobby AAA approved, complying with all priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • All pages on the site, unless otherwise stated, are validated as HTML 4.01 Transitional.

Links

  • Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page.
  • Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.
  • There are no links that open new windows without warning.

Images

This website utilises two distinct image types;

  • Content images used include descriptive ALT attributes.
  • Decorative images include short ALT attributes.

Accessibility software

  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  • Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.

Accessibility services

  • Bobby, a free service to analyse web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
  • W3C HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  • Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

Disclaimer - The links above go to external websites and East Staffordshire Borough Council is not responsible for the content that appears on these pages. East Staffordshire Borough Council does not endorse the products or software listed above and cannot be held responsible for any damage that may occur on users PC's after the installation of the above software.