Accessibility

Caerphilly county borough council is committed to making its web site as accessible as possible to users with disabilities, including users who may be blind or partially sighted.

We are working to improve the accessibility features and welcome your suggestions and comments. If you encounter any accessibility or technical problems when using this site, please e-mail: webmaster@caerphilly.gov.uk

The design of our website includes a number of accessibility features including:

  • Advice on browser accessibility options.
  • A common design throughout rather than providing text only pages for disabled users, and allowing text sizes and colours to be changed to suit the users needs.
  • Ensuring that all images used in our site are given appropriate alternative text descriptions ("ALT texts"), as required by internationally-recognised Web accessibility guidelines.
  • All graphical navigation buttons are similarly ALT-tagged.
  • We strictly avoid the use of frames throughout the main council web site.

Access Keys

The Caerphilly County Borough Council website uses the UK Government access keys standard to allow keyboard navigation to specific pages of the site. The following keys have been enabled:

Page Access key
Skip to ContentS
Homepage 1
Site Map 3
Search 4
Frequently Asked Questions 5
Disclaimer 8
Contact Us 9
Accessibility statement / Access keys 0


To activate the relevant access key please follow these guidelines (for the Windows operating system):

  • If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, hold down the Alt key, hit the appropriate access key and then hit the Return key.
  • If you are using Netscape Navigator or Firefox, hold down the Alt key6 and hit the appropriate access key.

You may need to use different key combinations for other browsers on other operating systems.

Browser Accessibility Options


Controlling text and colours in your web browser.

You can specify the font sizes, styles and colors, and foreground and background colors of web pages displayed on your computer screen, even if the author of the web page has already specified these. You can also specify the color used to indicate links in web pages, or a special color for links that is used only when the mouse passes over the link.

This is useful if you have low vision, need larger fonts, or need high-contrast colors. You can set Internet Explorer to use the colors and fonts you specify, your default Windows colors and fonts, or the settings you specify in your own style sheet.

If you use the Internet Explorer or Netscape browsers to view the Internet, the following guidelines will enable you to enlarge the size of the text and control the colours on your screen.



Microsoft Internet Explorer for PC

  • Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser.
  • Select 'Tools' from the menu at the top of your window.
  • From the options which appear, select 'Internet options...'.
  • Click on the 'General' tab.
  • Click on the button marked 'Accessibility'.
  • To change your font size, select the checkbox marked 'Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages'.
  • To remove background and font colours, select the checkbox marked 'Ignore colours specified on web pages'.
  • Click OK (and again if necessary).
  • Select 'View' from the menu at the top of your window.
  • From the options which appear, select 'Text Size'.
  • Select your desired text size.


Microsoft Internet Explorer for Apple Mac

  • Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser.
  • Select the "edit" menu at the top of your window.
  • From the options menu which appears, select "preferences".
  • Click on "web content".
  • Deselect the button marked "show style sheets".
  • Return to the list of preferences.
  • Click on "web browser".
  • Select "language/fonts".
  • Select the font size you require.


Instructions for users of Netscape Navigator

Text:

  • Select 'Edit' from the menu at the top of the window and choose 'Preferences'.
  • Open the Appearance group and click the 'Fonts' category.
  • Next to 'For the encoding' should read Western to tell the computer which types of letters and symbols to use. From 'Size' select 18.
  • Next to the Variable Width Font field is a drop down box: select 'Arial'. The Fixed Width Font box should already read 'Courier New'. From 'Size' select 18.
  • To override the fonts used by the designer of the web page, select 'Use my default fonts overriding document specified fonts'.
  • Click 'OK'.

Colours:

  • Select 'Edit' from the menu at the top of the window and choose 'Preferences'.
  • Open the Appearance group and click the 'Colours' category.
  • Select a color button to change colours of text, background, unvisited links, or visited links.
  • To override the colours used by the designer of the web page, select 'Always use my colours, overriding document'.
  • Click 'OK'.

Alt Texts (Alt Tags)


If you are experiencing problems in browsing our site using Alt Tags:

  • Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser.
  • Select 'Tools' from the menu at the top of your window.
  • From the options which appear, select 'Internet options...'.
  • Click on the 'Advanced' tab.
  • Click on the button marked 'Accessibility'.
  • Under the Accessibility heading - Always expand ALT text for images click in the box until a tick is displayed.
  • Click OK.