Accessibility

The South Tyneside Council website has a number of accessibility considerations including:

Navigation

If you have motability or sight problems you can navigate this website using the tab key or switch device to move through the links on web pages.

Images

Relevant alternative text (alt text) is added to all images on this website. The text contained in the alt tag will depend on the reason for the image:

  • Images used as links will have alternatives that, like good text links, tell you about the destination page.
  • Informative images will have alternative text that contains the information that the image contributes to the page.
  • Images of text will use the visible text as their alternatives.
  • Decorative images will be given empty alternative text, so that they are silent when a screen reader reads the page.
  • Layout images are very rarely used but will also be rendered "silent" by having empty alternative text.

Colour

Colours are chosen on the basis that they provide good contrast between text and its background, and avoid combinations that are known to cause difficulties for people with colour blindness.

Opening new windows

Links on this website rarely open new browser windows. If a link is required to open a new browser window there will be warning message next to the link text.

JavaScript

JavaScript is used throughout this website to enhance user experience. The website does not rely on JavaScript and if JavaScript is disabled the website will still function correctly.

Link wording/phrasing

We follow RNIB guidelines and try to make sure that each link on this website is:

  • Clear, giving you a good idea of what the destination page is about.
  • Unique, each one is different, unless it leads to the same page as any others using the same wording.
  • Complete, not relying on nearby text to explain its purpose or context.
  • Concise, as short and to the point as possible.
  • Easy to identify, not beginning with words like "click here for" or "link to".

Accessibility statement

The South Tyneside Council and Community website is committed to providing a website that is accessible.

Having a more accessible website means it is available to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

By continually making the website more accessible for people with visual or motor impairments the site becomes easier for everyone to use and web pages load more quickly.

Web Accessibility Initiative
This website endeavours to conform to Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.

For more information visit the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 web pages.

W3C Standards
This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for (X)HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant (X)HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

Exceptions
Whilst the South Tyneside Council and Community website strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.

We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the South Tyneside Council and Community website, please don't hesitate to contact us using our comments form.

Maps
Due to the graphics intensive nature of interactive mapping, the map data cannot be presented in an accessible format. However, My South Tyneside allows you to search for your nearest facilities and presents the results in an accessible format.

Video and sound on the website
Where available we will upload an alternative text transcript of any video or sound content that appears on the website.

Language

If you know someone who would like information in a different format, please contact the Communications Unit on 0191 424 7385. For more information see  Languages.

Website feedback

If you have any comments on the accessibility of this site please contact us using the comments form.

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