We are committed to ensuring our website is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
This website endeavours to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for those with a disability. However, whilst we have done our best to meet the standards that govern website design, we accept there is always the opportunity for improvement and this will be something which is kept under regular review.
However, if you find any aspect of the website challenging as a consequence of your disability and the way the website has been configured then please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com by email and we will work closely with you to eradicate such issues where possible.
All website content will follow the below principles:
- Images will have alternative text (so if you can’t see the image you can still read the text)
- Colour contrast between foreground and background is sufficiently strong
- Descriptive titles are used for pages and frames
- Links make sense by themselves (e.g. no instances of links that say ‘Click here’ or ‘More…’)
- Tables are used for laying out tabular information and have proper headings and summaries
- Upper and lower (or sentence case) is used throughout the body of the text content
- Serif fonts are utilised where possibly and will always be above 12 point
- Content text will not be centred and will always be left-aligned
- Text will be unjustified for space between words
- Users will be able to play, stop or pause moving content
For a detailed breakdown on other measures and shortcuts which can be utilised whilst using our website then please see below:
Helpful hints and tips for making the most of our website
Documented below is a range of information which may aide you in making the website more accessible. The list is not exhaustive but covers the main aspects and key challenges people with disabilities face when accessing websites.
Where possible, you should use an up-to-date browser (the program you use to access the internet) to access this site. This will give you access to a broader range of options to navigate around our site.
The standard browsers we would recommend are below with links to install each of them:
Once installed, each browser will bring its own selection of accessibility options and may allow further options via the use of plug-ins. For more details see the accessibility page for each browser:
Accessibility options on the Bury Hospice website
Whilst we aim to ensure that the website looks as it should in differing styles, due to the ever changing content that is characteristic of a good website, this may not always be possible. However, if something does not look quite right then please use the aforementioned contact details above to raise this and we will endeavour to eradicate such errors where possible.
Keyboard short cuts and access keys
Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate access key shortcuts, as shown below:
- Alt + [the access key]
- Internet Explorer for Windows
- Chrome for Windows (note that shift is required in some circumstances)
- Safari for Windows
- Shift + Alt + [the access key]
- Firefox for Windows
- Ctrl + Option + [the access key]
- Safari for Mac
- Chrome for Mac
- Firefox for Mac
Options in your browser
Most modern browsers all share the most common accessibility tools, here is a list of useful features:
- Incremental Search
Incremental search allows you to progressively search a web page for a particular word or phrase on a page. To enable this on your browser, press and hold ALT and then tap F. This will open a box to type your search into. As you type, the matches will be highlighted on the page for you.
- Spatial Navigation
Hitting tab will jump you to each of the items you can interact with on any page. Holding the shift key and pressing tab will take you to the previous item.
- Space bar
Pressing the space bar on a web page will move the page you are viewing down to the next visible part of the page.
Depending on your browser, you can override all fonts on the site to one that is easier for you to read. You can find the relevant guides below:
Enlarge your view
You can activate the browser zoom via these keyboard shortcuts
Options on your computer
To zoom your entire computer screen
Apple Mac and Windows operating systems both contain options to enlarge your view of your screen
Read the site aloud
This website has been built with screen readers in mind. Menus, pictures and inputs will have the correct tags and mark up to compliment your chosen screen reader.
NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader for computers running on the Windows operating system.
The latest version can be downloaded for FREE here (on this page you may be asked for a voluntary donation, if you do not wish to donate, click "skip donation this time").
Voice controlled computers
Apple Mac and Windows operating systems both provide ways to control your computer with voice recognition. The BBC provides a guide to switching on voice recognition across the different versions but settings are different again if you are using Apple OS X Yosemite.
Third party voice recognition software is available too.