We are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible to the widest possible range of people.
The site has been built using government guidelines and to specific standards. That means that all core information should easily accessible by:
- people with older systems or browsers
- people with a slow internet connection
- people with various abilities
The standards used mean that:
- all core information is text based
- the information is in web standard formats (eg, html and pdf)
- all file sizes are as small as possible
- pages are structured
- all text should be easily read
- the navigation is clear and easy to use
- any plug-ins required are available for free
- the site will still be useable with images turned off
- the site should look the same on different systems and browsers
Following accessibility audits and testing with users with various abilities we have implemented accessibility features. Details of some of these features are given on the 'how to use our website' section.
Barriers to accessibility
Although we are striving to reach AA level of accessibility which should ensure that most people with most technologies will be able to access our website and information, some areas will not meet the required criteria. Mostly they are legacy area and documents such as our older news releases and PDF documents. Other areas such as our Land Information Search rely on particular technologies. In those areas we are aiming at providing the user with alternative ways to obtain the information if they cannot access it via the website.