Accessibility

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This web site has been developed with accessibility as a key feature. It complies in all respects with Level AA of the Web Accessibility Initiative's (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 1.0.

It has been tested in popular browsers that render XHTML 1.0 and CSS-2, as well as text-only browsers, and adaptive technology browsers.

It allows for the text to be magnified, interpreted by text-to-speech and similar devices, and printed.

We have deliberately avoided use of Accesskeys due to the fact that they interfere with shortcut keys provided in adaptive technology browsers.

The site can be used equally efficiently with mouse or keyboard (or a combination of).

We endeavour to ensure that our site is accessible, however if you are experiencing problems and using an old browser, you may wish to upgrade. To download a more modern browser or the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer please see the following sites:

Do you need help in making the web easier to use? My Web My Way explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

In order to view some of the documents on the site you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader.  The Adobe site gives instructions on how to install the viewer. 

To view PDF documents you may need to download a free plugin called Acrobat Reader. The most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader includes support for screen readers (Accessibility) via the Microsoft Active Access API (MSAA).  The latest version, version 8, can be downloaded from the Adobe website (external link)

Adobe's Accessibility Page (external link) - explains how vision impaired users can configure Adobe Reader to work with the assistive technology.

You will now be able to open up PDF files in your Internet browser.   To print the documents click on the print button. To download and save files without viewing simply right-click the mouse cursor on the relevant link and then click 'Save Target As'.

Converting PDF documents to text

Adobe offers the following service: If the Adobe PDF file is on local media, such as a hard drive, CD-ROM, or internal server, it can be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail message. All converted Adobe PDF documents will be sent back to the sender as attachments. For plain text, mail the attached PDF to pdf2txt@adobe.com. For HTML, mail the attached PDF to pdf2html@adobe.com.

Browsealoud - Listen to our Website

Speech Enabling our Website

This website is now speech-enabled. The new BrowseAloud Panel provides instant high quality speech with no download enabling you to have the web pages on The Highland Council website read to you. It also allows you to try BrowseAloud before adding it to your device (Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac).

Why speech enable our website?

Speech enabling our website provides an additional way of accessing our content for people who find it hard to read. This includes those with dyslexia or learning difficulties, those for whom English is not their first language, or anyone with a mild visual impairment. It is not designed to replace other screen readers.

Downloading Browsealoud

Click on the image below and you will be taken to an external site where you will find full instructions on how to use the new Browsealoud Panel. 

Full instructions to carry out the download and installation of Browsealoud

The Browsealoud video tour will assist you on how to use Browsealoud, access the options and change the way Browsealoud will read content aloud to you.

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