Alt text on images (and long description)
We try to ensure that all images on our site have alternative text (ALT text), which provides a text description when images are turned off, or when you move your cursor over the picture.
Skip navigation links
To help screen reader and keyboard users we have created skip navigation links which allow you to jump directly to the main 'Content', the 'Main navigation', Breadcrumb' or the 'Page navigation'.
This website is speech enabled which means you can download a program called Browsealoud which will read out text that you move your cursor over. It is not designed as a screen reader for the visually impaired, but for those who may have difficulty reading web pages. It is s trusted program and is very easy and quick to install.You can read more about Browsealoud at their website, or install it using the links below.
Browsealoud - further information (external website)
Download Browsealoud (external website)
We aim to write our pages in Plain English, meaning we write simply and avoid the use of council jargon and describe all necessary acronyms (where initials are used to describe something e.g. BA stands for British Airways). Some pages may still contain complex and technical language, but we will, where possible, provide a glossary description of these words (see next item).
To assist with difficult or technical words, acronyms and general council terms you may be unfamiliar with, we have created a glossary to provide easy to understand descriptions. Wherever you see a word highlighted with a dotted underline (e.g. accessibility), just hover your mouse over the top and a pop-up will appear explaining the word in more detail.
Accessible page content
We will begin to introduce accessible versions of key pages during 2012. If you have any suggestions of pages which we could improve the accessibility of, please let us know (opens in new window).
Look out for the logo above, clicking on this will take you to an accessible version of that page. Click 'back' in your browser to return to the original version.
The website has been designed to provide a variety of navigation routes to access information - Ask, Do, Find and Say. These key navigation options can be accessed from every page on the site.
Each information page also uses a left hand menu which remains in the same place on every page.
A breadcrumb facility is also used to help determine your location within the site structure.
Correctly structured pages
We aim to provide correctly structured and well titled headings.
Useful link text
There are various link types on the website:
- Internal page links
- Form links
- Document links
- External East Riding website links
- Email links
We write each to try to give you as much information as possible as to how the link will open, and where you will be taken when you click on it.
With the launch of the new site we have aimed to reduce the number of pdf files and other documents types to make viewing easier. Unfortunately, many documents do still exist and due to the nature of their content will have to remain as documents.
Whilst our ultimate aim is to make pdf files fully accessible in time, we can't currently guarantee quality of accessibility. Please be assured that we are addressing this issue. Please contact the web team (opens in new window) if you have problems accessing any documents.
Link to website help from all pages
We provide a link from the footer of the website through to our help pages.
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