Our web accessibility principles
We want visitors to the Sussex Police website to be able to contact and engage with us through the site regardless of their ability, age, language or background.
This page explains the web accessibility principles we aim for. If you're looking for practical help in using this site, visit our site help.
Who do you consider when you create content for the site?
Whenever we create content for our site we consider the needs of:
- People with visual or hearing impairments
- People with reading difficulties such as dyslexia
- People whose mother tongue is not English
- People from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
- People from different generations.
What sort of practical help do you offer to users?
There are a number of ways in which we support the site's users:
- Providing text-based help with using the site: offering help and advice to guide users in making the most of our site and customising their computers.
- Designing our site for use with assistive technologies: checking that our media work well with technologies such as software that reads pages aloud.
- Following standards: the website should follow accessibility standards in subject matter, writing style, design and coding. These standards include the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.
- Innovating: looking for new ways of offering media in an accessible way to help the communities of Sussex and beyond to engage with us.
How do you make sure the site overall is easy to use?
We ensure the site is useable in the following ways:
- Helping users to control the size of text using their browser settings.
- Using a font which is easy to read.
- Ensuring there is a suitable colour contrast between the foreground and the background of each page.
- Using clear and simple grammar.
- Describing each picture and photo used on the site in words too.
- Providing simple, consistent site navigation.
- Ensuring the target (or destination) for each link is described.
- Providing an easy to use site map.
- Providing navigational shortcuts for users of text only browsers and page readers.
- Using the best technology possible to display the site on different devices.
How can I tell you if I have problems with the site?
We test the content and functions of our site to make sure that a range of users can access the information they need.
In addition, we welcome your feedback about your experience of the site and we will try hard to solve problems as we become aware of them.
Let us know if there are things you find difficult, if you have problems with a particular page or if you have constructive feedback. Use our website feedback form to tell us your comments.
Where can I find out more?
There are many websites which offer more information about making the web easier to use. Some also offer free software to download.
- AbilityNet - for information about customising your computer.
- My Web My Way - for information and tutorials, developed by the BBC and AbilityNet, on customising your computer.
- www.screenreader.net/ - for access to the award-winning free screen reader Thunder.
- Accessibility Tutorials for Microsoft Products - for details about the Microsoft accessibility wizard and how to use it.
- Apple accessibility features - for details about the accessibility features of Apple products and how to find out more.
- Accessibility features in Opera - for full details of the Opera browser's accessibility features.
- Accessibility features in Firefox - to enable accessibility features in Firefox and download extensions.