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It's important for us that as many people as possible can benefit from the services on our website.
This site has undergoing rigorous web accessibility testing by the Digital Accessibility Centre (Opens in new window). Designed to be the most comprehensive web accessibility audit available, and endoresed by the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS), we can be confident that this site will meet the highest standards possible accessibility standards (Opens in new window) in line with Web Content Authoring Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG).
Speech enable our website with Browsealoud
This website is speech enabled. Speech enabling our website provides an additional way of accessing our content for people who find it hard to read. This includes people with dyslexia or learning difficulties, those for whom English is not their first language, or anyone with a mild visual impairment.
All you have to do is install the free software from Browsealoud (Opens in new window).
Browsealoud is a solution that allows you to have website content read to you. As you highlight the text on the page, Browsealoud speaks it to you.
Browsealoud is free to download and you can chose the type of voice, word pronunciations and speech highlighting.
Browsealoud will read every page on our site. It can also read PDFs in Adobe Reader Version 6.0 onwards.
For further help and assistance with the Browsealoud product take a look at the Browsealoud Frequently Asked Questions (Opens in new window) (FAQs) on the Browsealoud website.
British Sign Language
Watch our British Sign Lanugaue videos for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech problems.
Translate this website
Translate the Staffordshire Police website (using Google Translator) into:
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In order to enable you to use the website without the use of a mouse, the main navigation items have been assigned accesskeys.
How to use access keys in your browser
- Internet Explorer 5+ (PC) Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
- Internet Explorer 4 (PC) Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
- Internet Explorer 5+ (Mac) Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
- Internet Explorer 4.5 (Mac) Access keys are not supported
- Netscape 6 and earlier (PC and Mac) Access keys are not supported
- Netscape 7 (PC) Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
- Firefox, Mozilla (PC) Hold down the SHIFT and ALT keys and press the number of the access key
- Firefox, Mozilla (Mac) Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
- Safari and Omniweb (Mac) Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
- Opera Hold down the Shift key and press Escape, release both keys, then press the number of the accesskey
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If you are experiencing any problems with the accessibility of this website please tell us. We're always looking for ways to improve the user experience and value your thoughts.
In addition to the introduction of accesskeys, we have also made a number of other changes. These changes have been outlined below for your information.
Web pages are created using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). The W3C defines the standards that should be followed when writing HTML to ensure that internet pages are displayed correctly across different computers, including accessibility software, such as screen readers for the partially sighted. We have coded this website to 'HTML 4.01 Transitional' rules.
The W3C offers a HTML validation service, to enable you to see if website providers have taken the care to create correctly coded web pages. You can check the validity of this page by clicking the logo below.
This website has been created using cascading style sheets (CSS), which follow the principle of separating content from presentation. The CSS files contain instructions for the page, such as the size of the fonts, the background colour, etc. Internet browsers can be configured to ignore CSS. If you are having difficulty reading the webpages because of the colours, fonts, etc, you can disable the CSS. The page will retain all of the information, without the style formatting.
All informative photographs and graphics on the website have been given relevant alternative text. This is a description of the image, which screen reading software will read out to visually impaired users.
To make the page appear larger, you can use your browsers inbuilt Zoom and Text Size facility. In Firefox, click on 'View', and select 'Zoom'. Click on 'Zoom In' to make the page appear larger.
In Internet Explorer, use the magnifying glass at the bottom right of your screen to zoom in and out. In Internet Explorer, you can also click on 'View', 'Text Size' to make the text appear bigger.
We have ensured that the web pages' font and background colour contrast notably enough to enable users to read the text, even if they suffer from conditions such as colour blindness. The contrast in colours also helps people viewing the site on a monochrome (black and white) screen.
All data tables have been created with properly scoped header cells. This enables screen readers to interpret the information in the table correctly. In addition, the tables contain full summaries and caption tags, again, to help screen readers to translate the content in an understandable way.
Some feedback forms on the website are created using third party software called SNAP. In these surveys, the alt+R key resets the form. This key may conflict with other accessibility software.
The copy within our web pages has been written using plain english, to be clear and concise without using jargon.
What else needs to be done?
We are aware that some of our content, such as Adobe Flash games, are not totally accessible for all users. Some externally hosted images, such as the Google logo, do not contain alt text.
We are aware that users may encounter accessibility issues when attempting to view PDF content. Due to the scale of work required to make all PDF content accessible, we have taken reasonable steps to ensure that:
- Regularly accessed content will be revised and updated on an ongoing basis.
- All future content will be bcreated with accessibility in mind moving forwards.
- If access to unrevised PDF content is required, a visitor can contact us with the relevant information and we will make all necessary alterations on an adhoc basis.
The homepage of the website includes embedded Facebook and Twitter widgets. These may cause issues with screen readers, as some of the images do not include alt text and some links may open in a new window.
Our videos are hosted externally through YouTube and are embedded onto the website. The YouTube players control buttons and form fields are unlabelled, and so may not be fully accessible to screen readers. All future videos embedded on the website will have a transcript to assist deaf users and those with no PC sound.
We are committed to continually improving this site and its content, making it as accessible as possible.
If you have any feedback regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact our Web Communications Team.