Accessibility

Any information or document from Wheathampstead Parish Council�s website may be made available in other formats. If you require information in large print, Braille, audio or in a language other than English, please contact us info@wheathampstead-pc.gov.uk and we will discuss your requirements.

We are committed to a website that is accessible to all our users; we review the site regularly and amend pages that may cause problems for people with disabilities.
We aim to meet or exceed the provisions of the W3C/WAI Level 'AA' checklist.

The BBC's "My Web My Way" webpage offers some useful tips and hints for improving internet accessibility. (NB Link opens in new window)

PDF documents

The downloadable documents on this site are in Portable Document Format (often referred to as PDF).

How can I open and view a PDF document?
In order to view a PDF document, you need free software called Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe. However PDFs are not easily accessible to all users so Adobe has developed a method of converting PDF documents into HTML (normal web pages), a more accessible format for assistive technologies.

How do I convert a PDF document into HTML?
The URL (the web address) of a PDF document will appear in the web browser address bar when it is selected. Copy the url (normally looks like this: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk) and then visit Adobe's website on the link below.

Once you have clicked on the link above, you will see an online form created by Adobe. Simply paste the URL into the box you will see and the contents of the PDF will be automatically converted to HTML - an ordinary web page; and in that form it should then be accessible.

There are further 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 using the link below, where you will find this information and links to resources that help people with disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software.

Jaws access of PDF
RNIB has a very helpful page of advice on PDFs for users of Jaws screenreaders

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.

Internet Explorer 7
In your toolbar select "Page" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference. Internet Explorer 7 also allows you to zoom the page as a whole. Select "Page" followed by "Zoom" and adjust to your preference, or use the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the zoom.

Internet Explorer 5.5, 6
In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference.

Firefox
In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference or press the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the text size.

Netscape
In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference or press the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the text size.

For more information about screen magnification, please see the following information, supplied by the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB):Web Browser Accessibility.