Greater Manchester agencies working in partnership
Greater Manchester agencies working in partnership

Website accessibility

Greater Manchester Resilience Forum is committed to making our website at gmemergencyplanning.org.uk more accessible and usable by people, whatever their abilities or disabilities. This is unless providing direct access is not possible due to technical or legal limitations.

This commitment applies only to the forums website on the gmemergencyplanning.org.uk domain and not to websites that are linked from our pages. If we don't have control over 3rd party sites we can't make them complaint as it's not within our remit.

We try to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these guidelines helps to make the web more accessible to users with disabilities and benefits all users.

  • We're always striving to make our site more accessible and do so in a number of ways:
  • We make links on our website descriptive so they can be read out of context.
  • We provide an alternative text for images to help people using assistive technology, like screen reader software.
  • We consider accessibility when we design new pages or update existing pages.
  • We increase the contrast between colours to make pages content easier to read.
  • We make the site easier to navigate without using a mouse.
  • We add tags to pdfs to make them easier to find and use.

Whilst we have done a lot to ensure this site's accessibility, this is an ongoing process and you may find some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard such as legacy pdfs and content on sub-sites. Where a covered technology is not able to be brought into compliance, the system or content owner is responsible to provide individuals with disabilities equivalent access.

This website is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets.

W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices.

Using a keyboard to navigate our website

We've designed this site to be useful with the following keyboard commands:

  • Tab: move to the next interactive item (such as link, button, input)
  • Shift + tab: move to the previous interactive item
  • Arrow keys (up, down, left, right): navigate within some page component
  • Enter: interact with items on the page

Changing the text size or colours of our website

While we've aim to create a usable site, some people are likely to benefit further by customising their computer to suit their individual needs, for example to increase the size of its fonts, get the site spoken to them.

Almost all modern browsers let you change the way web pages are displayed. If you need to change the text size or colour, or the colour of the background, the BBC have a very good 'How to guides' for making the web easier to use.

Document downloads

We aim to provide all information as web pages where possible. Sometimes we provide information in other formats such as PDF (Portable Document Format) and Word documents. Most computers already have the software to open these document formats.

Most PDF files on this site allow basic accessibility and should not represent an accessibility problem. However, despite our best efforts some PDF files may still not be fully accessibility such as scanned and older PDF files and those containing complex statistics and data tables.

  • Download the latest Adobe Reader software if you can't open PDF documents.
  • If you can't open documents in Word you can install the Word mobile app for free or store documents in OneDrive or Dropbox, where Word Online opens them in your browser. Find out how to open Word documents .

Images

All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Those in purely decorative graphics or used for layout include null ALT attributes. An ALT attribute is the text you see when images are turned off in your browser.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout.

If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page should still
be readable.

Turn on accessibility features

Turn on accessible mode on Windows - learn about accessibility tools.
Turn on accessible mode on Mac - select and turn on the features you want to use.

Access keys

How you use a website's access keys varies depending on which internet browser you are using. We try to avoid using access keys on our site as these can override screen readers shortcuts.

Plain English

The language used on the site will, where possible, be concise, easy to understand and free from jargon, abbreviations and technical terms.

Let us know if you have difficulties using this site

We recognise some content on the website may not be fully accessible. If you find anything on the site difficult to use please email us at civilcontingencies@manchester.gov.uk. We welcome all constructive feedback regarding the accessibility or usability of this website and will carefully consider it.