important to us here at Newham and our website is no exception. We
are committed to ensuring that the service is accessible to
everyone and to offering a positive user experience. By following a
set of guidelines offered by the Web Accessibility Initiative, our
website generally conforms to a AA rating where HTML is used. Here
we detail how this has been achieved:
Please bear with us while we update
You will notice that we are making
some exciting changes to the website over the next coming months -
find out more about our plans for the website here. However as
we carry out this work, the accessibility of some areas of our
website will be affected. We apologise in advance for any
inconvenience caused and ask for your understanding during this
Language and Layout
This site's layout takes into account users who are
visually impaired or have difficulties using a mouse and is
designed to be compatible with screen reading software such as JAWS
and Homepage Reader for Windows. It also has been designed to work
properly over a range of screen resolutions and browsers.
We have created a standard template and applied a colour code to
each topic to help users navigate around the site. To help people
who are listening through a screen reader we have avoided using
tables for layout, and instead used headings, paragraphs and lists
wherever possible within article pages.
The site content is also written in plain English and in a style
that is straightforward and easy to understand.
Some users might find screen text easier to read by
increasing the size at which text is displayed. This can be done by
using the text control icons at the top of every page. Simply click
on the larger A to increase the text size or the smaller A to
reduce its size.
Alternately, you can change the size of text by holding down the
ctrl key on the bottom row of the keyboard, whilst moving the
scroll wheel on the mouse up or down.
We have not used colour to highlight important
information within text and have taken care to ensure that there is
a sufficient contrast between the foreground and background colour
However if you have difficulty reading the content of the site,
you can reverse the contrast so that that light coloured text
appears on a dark background. To do this click on the contrast
options in the top right corner of every page.
All images have been given a text equivalent to
provide a meaningful explanation of what the image is about. The
description can be read by hovering the cursor over the image or
read aloud if you are using a screen reader to browse the webpage
rather than view.
Hyperlinks are highlighted using descriptive and
meaningful text rather than instructions to 'click here' or
'download now'. A link to an external website will also open up in
a new browser window.
Many of our reports and documents on the website are in Portable
Document Format (PDF), which can only be read by using a software
such as Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can
for free from the Adobe website.
PDFs are not easily accessible to all users so Adobe has developed
a method of converting PDF documents into HTML, which is a more
accessible format for assistive technologies such as screen
Adobe's 'Online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents' page
for more information.