Accessibility statement

Overview

This website has been built with accessibility and usability in mind. Our aim is to make our web site accessible to as many people as possible. Every effort has been made whilst building this site, to make it as accessible as possible for people who use screen readers and for users of text-only browsers, following principles laid down by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). We hope you can find, access and use the information you need on this website easily.

We aim to provide useful content that's well laid out in an easy-to-navigate way. Specific measures we have taken are detailed below.

We welcome any feedback you have on the accessibility of the website. Please contact us with any comments or queries you have.

  • The use of meaningful ALT text for all images to provide descriptive text
  • The use of descriptive hyperlink text
  • Avoiding the use of frames, which are difficult for special browsers to interpret and can 'break' the back button
  • The use of 'easy to read' non-serif font type, size and colour
  • Providing a site map
  • Designing the site to fit within the most commonly used monitor settings, ensuring horizontal scrolling is not required
  • Consistent and simplistic layout across the site
  • Use of the correct Markup
  • The use of access keys - (adhering to the UK Government recommended usage)
  • Search
  • Jump to navigation
  • Jump to content

Keyboard navigation

You can use your arrow keys to scroll up or down the page. You can use your Tab key to move between links, and press Return or Enter to select one. To go back to the previous page, use the Backspace key.

Additional navigation aids

To help you find your way around the website we have provided a number of additional navigation aids

Jump to navigation

For people using screen readers the first link on every page says "jump to navigation". Following this link will skip straight to the main site navigation menu. The page header is repeated on every page so this avoids hearing it again and again.

The access key for jumping straight to the navigation menu is [n] You can use this shortcut on any page.

Jump to content

For people using screen readers the second link on every page says "jump to content". Following this link will skip straight to the content of the page. The page header and navigation is repeated on every page so this avoids hearing it again and again.

The access key for jumping straight to the navigation menu is [s] You can use this shortcut on any page.

Sitemap

We have provided a sitemap of the website. This is the best place to get an overview of what is available on the website. The links in the site map take you to every page of the site.

The access key taking you to the site map is [3] You can use this shortcut on any page.

Search

You can search the web site by typing one or more keywords into the search input box, located at the top-right of every page.

The access key taking you to the search engine is [4] You can use this shortcut on any page.

Access keys

If you use a keyboard to navigate websites there are access keys that you can use as shortcuts, without using a mouse or other pointing device. This can sometimes be quicker and may assist those with motor skill difficulties.

Access key information

  • [S] (accesskey = S) - Jump to main content
  • [N] (accesskey = N) - Jump to navigation menu
  • [1] (accesskey = 1) - Jump to Home page
  • [3] (accesskey = 3) - Jump to Site map
  • [9] (accesskey = 9) - Jump to Contact Us
  • [0] (accesskey = 0) - Jump to Accessibility Statement (this page)

Access keys specific to this Web Site

  • Category Navigation
  • [Q] (accesskey = Q) - Farming, forestry, fishing & food
  • [W] (accesskey = W) - Weather, wildlife and the seasons
  • [E] (accesskey = E) - Work, rest and play
  • [R] (accesskey = R) - Family and community
  • [T] (accesskey = T) - Out and about
  • Other Navigation
  • [U] (accesskey = U) - Take part
  • [I] (accesskey = I) - Be inspired
  • [P] (accesskey = P) - FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions )
  • [A] (accesskey = A) - Add your item to the GoldenDays scrapbook

Downloading documents

Downloadable documents on this site are provided as PDF files

Most computers already have the software to open these document formats. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader (for reading PDFs), it is available from the Adobe website.

Saving documents to my computer

If you have a PC, right-click on the link to the document. If you use an Apple Mac, hold down the mouse button over the link. In both cases, a popup menu will then appear.

Scroll down the menu and click on 'Save target as'. You will then be asked to choose a folder on your computer where you can save the document.

Changing Text Size

There are two methods for changing the size of the text while browsing through this website. This may be useful for you if you have low vision, and need larger fonts.

  • Changing the text display settings in your browser (this will affect every website viewed)
  • Changing the text size within the GoldenDays website (this will affect this website only)

Changing the text display settings in your browser

In Internet Explorer this is done by going to the 'View' menu and selecting the 'Text size' option. The default value is Medium.

To change the text display settings in Firefox, again go to the 'View' menu and select the 'Text size' option. Then choose either Increase or Decrease. To return the text to its default size select Normal.

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