Accessibility

Harwich Town County Council is committed to providing a website that is accessible 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 accessibility standards and guidelines.

Access keys

Access keys are particularly useful for users using screen-readers or people with mobility issues who don’t use a mouse and rely on a keyboard for their every movement on a computer. The access used on this website allow users with mobility impairments to easily select a link and move around the content of our web pages.

Access keys are supported by all major browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. See usage information below:

Browser Windows Linux Mac
Internet Explorer [Alt] + accesskey N/A
Chrome [Alt] + accesskey [Alt] + accesskey [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Firefox [Alt] [Shift] + accesskey [Alt] [Shift] + accesskey [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Safari [Alt] + accesskey N/A [Control] [Alt] + accesskey
Opera Opera 15 or newer: [Alt] + accesskey
Opera 12.1 or older: [Shift] [Esc] + accesskey

The access keys used on this website are as follows:

  • 0 – Home page
  • 1 – Accessibility information
  • 2 – Skip to page content
  • 3 – Search form

If you encounter a problem while using the access keys on this website, please let us know using the Feedback page.

Changing the browsers standard text size

All modern browsers allow you to change the text size. We’ve tried to create a site which doesn’t get in the way when you change these settings. If you have difficulty reading the text on the screen you can resize it as follows:

Internet Explorer

  • On the View menu at the top of your browser choose Text Size
  • Increase or decrease as appropriate

Firefox

  • On the View menu at the top of your browser choose Text Size
  • Increase or decrease as appropriate

Chrome

  • Click the menu icon top right of your browser to open the ‘Customise and control’ panel
  • Select the ‘Settings’ tab and then click ‘Show advanced settings’ at the bottom of the screen
  • Under the ‘Web content’ section increase or decrease the font size as appropriate

Changing the zoom level of the site

Changing the zoom level of the browser window allows our site’s content to be expanded while retaining the sites layout and structure.

Action Windows Mac
Zoom in Ctrl and + Command and +
Zoom out Ctrl and – Command and –
Restore to Default View Ctrl and 0 Command and 0

For advice on changing these settings, visit the BBC’s accessibility pages (external link).

BrowseAloud

You can also listen to our website by downloading the free text to speech software BrowseAloud. Once you have installed the software simply move your mouse over any text, link, image or button and BrowseAloud will speak it to you.