It was the aim of Bodmin Town Council to create a new website by 2008 according to the standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium in both terms of web code quality and accessibility.
Our aim is to comply, where possible, with Web Content and Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)(1.0). However, we do recognise that there are often issues with web development as new guidelines are published to improve standards even further. One such issue revolves around different interpretations of WCAG 1.0 and we therefore accept that there may be a few instances where, beyond the automated tests, this website might not be 100% compliant.
Bodmin Town Council is nevertheless committed to helping people with disabilities to access all its website information and we would be happy to discuss any genuine accessibility problems encountered when using assistive technologies in the hope of providing a helpful solution.
Hand in hand with accessibility standards, we have also been committed to producing better web code which further benefits the end users browsing experience. Periodic tests try to ensure that this website passes HTML validation testing as W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS validation as W3C CSS2.
Although cross browser compatible, this website is best viewed in Internet Explorer at a resolution of 1024 x 768. This is because there may be a few minor differences
in terms of layout and display on some web pages when using other web browsers.
Pages will still be readable if a browser does not support Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and for users dependant upon screen readers, we recommend that CSS styles are turned off. Some Screen reader programs have the capability of removing CSS styles.
Google's help page
Special Accessibility Features
We have deliberately incorporated some specific accessibility friendly functions on this website in the interests of promoting a better user experience for keyboard only and partially sighted or colour-blind users. These include:
Background Highlighted Link Text – this helps keyboard only users to identify links when tabbing.
Breadcrumb Trails – a directory trail showing which website directory the current page relates to. Very useful for opening a main section or directory page.
CSS Contrast Page – a higher contrast colour version of any web page is available by selecting the
next to the resize buttons found in every web page’s heading section.
CSS Text Resizing – use
the text resize buttons
'Default') at the top of each page to enlarge text. The whole page will enlarge. We recommend that you use this feature first before attempting to use your browser’s text resize functions.
For greater enhancement, use your browser's text resize function after
applying 'Size 2'. Doing this will depend on your browser type. For
instance, for IE7, either put
page/text resize to 'large' or
clicking on 'Page' and then 'Text Size'.
Alternatively, you can use IE7's page magnifier (located at the bottom right of the IE7 browser) which will enlarge the
page in proportion to size up to 400%. Mozilla Firefox browsers also have a text
resize function which can bring text up to an even larger size if
Accessibility Issues And This Website
Specific functions can pose particular difficulties when it comes to accessibility. Provided below are
some issues connected with this website that have been encountered
with advisory notes:
1. Operating Google Maps (keyboard only) –
Advisory Note: We would encourage
keyboard only users to connect to 'Google Maps' (via the 'View Larger Map' link).
Operating the large map on Google's 'Google Maps' page via the keyboard requires use of special
keyboard shortcuts. Clicking on the map first, may however, be a prerequisite. Learn more about Google Maps keyboard shortcuts
by following this link and viewing the bottom part of the page:
2. Printing web pages:
To print a replica of the page layout you see on screen, we suggest taking a
screen shot using the "PrtSc" key on your keyboard (refer to your keyboard manual to find out which other key you may need to use in
conjunction with it) and then pasting
the screen shot into a word processor document before enlarging it.
3. Moving or animated parts on this website:
Download Accessibility Toolbar for Internet Explorer or Opera:
4. PDF Documents:
Advisory Note: Downloadable PDF documents may not be 100% readable by screen readers. However, audio versions of these documents can be supplied by request.