Website Accessibility

At Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council we are committed to making our website accessible to as much of the community as possible.

We have taken the following steps:
  • Text content is resizable allowing the user to choose the size at which it is displayed (see below for instructions).
  • High contrast colour combinations have been used where possible to make text easily readable.
  • Text descriptions are given for images in the form of alt-attributes - that is the text will normally appear when you rollover an image. This text is also available to screen-readers so users with sight difficulties can still make sense of the page.
  • The use of frames has been avoided as screen-readers have problems navigating within framed sites. Some iframes are used where necessary but these are not judged to cause too much difficulty where used (or are not judged essential content).
  • The order in which the tab key moves the cursor around the page particularly on forms is controlled so the keyboard user can move logically through the page.
  • The site structure is designed to make it easy to find the information you are looking for and always has the search facility available.
  • Graphical content has been kept to a minimum to avoid lengthy download times for people with slow internet connections.
  • Access key shortcuts are provided so users who have difficulty using a mouse can navigate easily around the site.

How can I change the settings on my browser to make the website more readable?

The best way to achieve this on modern browsers is to use the zoom feature. Zoom will resize all content (including images). The easiest way to do this is to use the keyboard shortcuts (ctrl++ and ctrl+- ie. control-key at the same time as plus-key to zoom-in or control-key at the same time as minus-key to zoom-out).

Zoom is also available from the main browser menu in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer; and the page menu in Safari.

Changing language:

You can translate any page on our website into various languages using free facilities provided by external translation websites.
Further information.
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