Saffron Walden Town Council

Website Accessibility

The Saffron Walden Town Council we are dedicated to offering a completely accessible and inclusive website for all it's users users.

www.saffronwalden.gov.uk has been designed & built to create a full accessible web environment compatible across all major browsers and devices, therefore making this site's it's functionality and services as usable as possible.

If you would like to know more about the accessibility measures in place, or have problems using this site please email enquiries__AT__saffronwalden__DOT__gov__DOT__uk.

Web Standards & Practice

The site conforms to WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) as advised by the World Wide Web Consortium and is written in valid HTML5

The interface controlled by Cascading Style Sheets (css) and Javascript, complying to W3C standards. Although the content is still legible without stylesheets and scripting it does not look as well-designed.

In browsers where these features are not available, alternatives are used to maintain site functionality, though visually that interface may not work.

Where images are used to convey information, appropriate alternative text attributes have been provided for the benefit of visitors using assisted reading technologies.

In addition, we do the following:

  • Use an easy to read font size and style
  • Use sufficiently contrasting foreground and background colours
  • Allow users to resize all text across the site
  • Provide meaningful text for all images (alt tags)
  • Provide a full site map

Text Resizing & Zooming

All the text content of the Saffron Walden Town Council website has been created using web text meaning that the size of text can be scaled to suit your needs. This can be achieved by either using "A A" links in the header of the site or alternatively through, the browser controls or using the keyboard, as follows:

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

The above actions can also be carried out using the Keyboard, by holding down control (Windows)  Command (Mac)  then using the plus [+] and minus keys [-]

Via the Browser Menu

For Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox & Safari this can be found under the 'View' from the main menu, allowing you to 'Zoom In' or 'Zoom Out' as required. To return to the default setting use 'Actual Size' or 'Reset'. Both Firefox and Safari allow you to 'Zoom Text Only' but we would recommend that this is disabled to maintain legibility.

This might vary slightly for both PC and Mac operating systems

For newer versions of Internet Explorer select 'Zoom' from under 'Tools' , then 'Zoom' and select your preferred size or use 'Zoom In' or 'Zoom Out' as required. For older versions: form the menu select 'view', then 'Text Size' to choose a sizing option.

Browser Compatibility

To experience this site to it's full potential, so you can utilise all the site's features and functionality, we recommend that you upgrade your browser to it's latest release. Please click an icons to download.