Wiltshire Council is 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 adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
Web Accessibility Initiative
This website endeavours to conform to Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.
All web pages will be assessed by the guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), available at www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/
Wiltshire Council requires that:
- All new web pages should be written to at least AA standard.
- All existing pages should meet at least A standard. Pages will be bought up to AA standard as they are periodically revised.
- Any third party who is engaged to design and build web pages for the council, whether hosted within or without the *.wiltshire.gov.uk domain, will be required to comply with these guidelines. Sites will be checked periodically.
- New content will be either written or edited by a trained editor to ensure it is written as clearly as possible. Legacy content will be re-edited where necessary as it is revised.
Website Accessibility Help
If you are looking for information and advice about adult health and social care and are finding it difficult to see the information then there are a number of things you can do:
Increasing the text size
To make the text on the pages bigger, use the text resizing buttons located at the top right of the webpage. Clicking on the smallest ‘A’ will decrease the text size, the ‘A’ in the middle will take the text back to its default size and the largest ‘A’ will increase the text size.
Using different text/background contrasts
You can change the colour contrast for webpage text and background to enable the information to be easier to read for users who find it difficult to see. This feature can be found at the top right of the page, to the right of the increase text size option. This is displayed as two different symbols, a yellow ‘A’ on a black background and a black ‘A’ on a yellow background.
Selecting the black box with a yellow ‘A’ this will change the colour of all text information on the page to yellow and change the page background to black.
Selecting the yellow box with a black ‘A’ will not alter the original black text colouring, but will change the background colour to yellow.
The site displays correctly in current web browsers, but if you use an older browser you may find that webpages don’t present correctly. We recommend you upgrade your browser version to get the most from the website.
Where possible, we have created this site so that your own preferences for colours, fonts and text sizes will take precedence over ours. The following resources will help you modify your own browser and operating system preferences to suit your own needs:
- Advice from the BBC showing users how to make full use of accessibility settings in browsers and operating systems.
- Advice for Microsoft users
- Advice for Apple users
- Advice for Linux users
Advice on assistive technology
For more information on assistive technology (screen enlargers, screen readers, speech recognition systems, speech synthesizers, refreshable Braille displays, Braille embossers, talking word processors, large-print) for the visually impaired please visit the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) website.
The British Dyslexia Association website has information about accessibility issues people with Dyslexia may encounter.