Accessibility

We aim to make this website accessible to all users. The site follows common web standards and Government guidelines to ensure that it can be used effectively and easily by everyone.  The framework and templates used for creating content on this site conform to the World Wide Web consortium (W3C) and meets the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) AA standard).

If you are having difficulty viewing or navigating the content on this website, or notice content, features or functionality that you believe is not fully accessible to people with disabilities, please let us know by emailing webmaster@stevenage.gov.uk

Sub-sites

Whilst we have done a lot to ensure this site's accessibility, you may find some parts of the content on our sub-sites do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.

If you have difficulty using any of these websites please let us know by emailing webmaster@stevenage.gov.uk

Text Size

If you find the text size on this website too small or too large, you can change the size of the text via your Internet browser.

Chrome

You can increase  the size of the screen by selecting Zoom (+/-). You can also increase or decrease the size of the screen through the following shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+(- or +): Increases or decreases the size by 25%
  • Ctrl +(0): Resets to default size

Microsoft Internet Explorer

By default Internet Explorer opens without the Menu and Command bar visible. To enable the Menu Bar, right click and select them or alternatively press Alt. Select ‘View’ from the Menu Bar followed by ‘Text size’. A side menu will appear; select the size you wish to view the website in. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts below:

  • Ctrl+(- or +): Increases or decreases the size by 25%.
  • Ctrl+(0): Resets to default size.

Firefox

If you are using Firefox, you are able to increase the size of the text or the whole screen. Please see the following keyboard short-cut information:

  • Ctrl+(- or +): Increases or decreases the size by 25%.
  • Ctrl+(0): Resets to default size.

Note: You are able to increase the text or entire screen. 

For a computer using Windows operating system:

  • Full Screen: F11
  • Zoom Text Smaller: - Ctrl+-(minus sign)
  • Zoom Text larger: Ctrl+= (plus sign)
  • No Zoom (100%): Ctrl+0
  • View Page Information: Ctrl+I
  • View Page Source: Ctrl+U

For a computer using a Mac operating system:

  • Zoom Text Smaller: - Cmd+-(minus sign)
  • Zoom Text larger: Cmd+= (plus sign)
  • No Zoom (100%): Cmd+0
  • View Page Information: Cmd+I
  • View Page Source: Cmd+Alt+U

For a computer using a Linux operating system:

  • Full Screen: F11 (may depend on window manager)
  • Zoom Text Smaller: - Ctrl+-(minus sign)
  • Zoom Text larger: Ctrl+= (plus sign)
  • No Zoom (100%): Ctrl+0
  • View Page Information: Ctrl+I
  • View Page Source: Ctrl+U

For more information, please visit the RNIB website.

Help with PDFs

Downloadable documents from this site are in Portable Document Format (PDF). This is a standard adopted by governments and organisations worldwide.

PDF is a reliable format for electronic document exchange, which preserves document integrity so files can be viewed and printed on a variety of platforms. We chose to make all downloadable documents in this file format for data security and integrity reasons.

How can I view a PDF document?

To view a PDF document, you need free software called Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe.

There are features and capabilities of Adobe products that enhance electronic document accessibility for people with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and motor impairments. You can visit their website, where you will find this information and links to resources that help people with disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software.

Browsealoud - text to speech software 

Stevenage's website has been speech enabled with Browsealoud software.

Browsealoud assistive software makes websites accessible with screen reading and translation tools for visitors with dyslexia and reading difficulties.

Reading large amounts of text on screen can be challenging for people with literacy and visual impairments. Browsealoud has the following tools to enable accessible use of our website:

  • Hover to Speak: Text read aloud by hovering or selecting selected text 
  • Speak current selection: Highlight text to read
  • Translate page: Translate text on screen
  • MP3 Maker: Convert selected text to MP3 and download saved files
  • Screen Mask: Allows you to focus on key areas of screen for improved readability
  • Text Magnifier: Magnify and increase size of text
  • Simplify: Simplify web pages through removing content which can be removed.

To use (desktop)

Simply select the Browsealoud icon in the bottom-left of your screen and select the tool you wish to use.

To use (mobile)

Browsealoud on mobile reduces the numbers of tools available. The following features are available on mobile:

  • Hover to Speak: Text read aloud by hovering or selecting selected text 
  • Speak current selection: Highlight text to read
  • Translate page: Translate text on screen