Websites - Accessibility
Basildon Council is committed to ensuring its website is accessible to all our customers, this is a task we are constantly reviewing.
W3C 'AA' Accessibility
This is the accessibility level that all Local Authority websites should be achieving. The council launched a new website in June 2013 which meets W3C 'AA' standards for all the information pages, our forms do not all comply with this standard yet, work is underway to make the site fully compliant with this standard.
My Web, My Way
This is a website (from the BBC) which aims to help arm web audiences with the tools and understanding which will enable them to make the most of the world-wide web, whatever their ability or disability.
The site provides advice and help to all those people who would benefit from making changes to their browser, operating system, or computer to be able to view the web in a more accessible way.
The site is not only for those with disabilities (visual, hearing, motor, cognitive or learning impairments) but also, for example, for those people with minor vision impairments who would not consider themselves to have a disability.
Find out more on My Web My Way
Listen to our Site:
We have speech enabled our site with the BrowseAloud Plus service, click on the "Listen to this website with Browsealoud" link at the top of every page. This will open the BrowseAloud Control Panel:
Click on 'Settings' to personalise how BrowseAloud Plus will work for you.
Help is available for BrowseAloud Plus on the BrowseAloud website.
Access keys are a useful navigation device enabling you to get around the Council's main website using your keyboard. They can be used to jump to different sections of content across the main council website.
When we last redesigned our website we wanted the site to be:
- free of jargon, using simple, plain English.
- easy to search, so you can search and retrieve information about Council services without having any knowledge of the Council's structure, or what we call things - for example we would call it an Abandoned Vehicle, you would probably call it a Dumped Car.
- to present information in a logical order and write clearly and simply using everyday words and short sentences.
- keep our web page design simple, consistent and free of moving images.
Our website is subject to a continuous development process in order to keep up with trends and technological advances. Do please submit comments or suggestions online regarding the content of this website and how it is presented, along with any comments or suggestions on how you feel it may be improved.