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What is Web Accessibility

Web accessibility is the practice of making website content available to all users, particularly those with disabilties. It includes making a website as accessible as possible regardless of browsing technology, such as for people with text-only browers and old browser versions.Compliance with web acessibility is an on-going process which we are regulalry working to improve. If you experience any problems with this site then please contact us at .

Text size

The website has been written to allow you to easily change the text size to make it either larger or smaller via your browser settings. Some browsers will allow you to magnify the whole page. To change the text size, follow the instructions below:

Internet Explorer

  1. Click “View” to open the View menu or press “Alt” and “V”
  2. Select the “Text Size” option or select by pressing “X”
  3. Choose your preferred text size using your mouse or use the up and down arrow keys
  4. Click to select the text size or press “Enter”
  5. The text size should change to reflect your choice


  1. Click “View” to open the View menu
  2. Select the “Text Size” option
  3. Select “Increase” or “Decrease”
  4. The text on our site should change to reflect your choice


  1. Click “View” to open the View menu
  2. Click on “Make Text Bigger” or “Make Text Smaller” or to use the keyboard shortcuts select
  3. “Apple” and “+” (plus) or “Apple” and “-” (minus)
  4. The text size on our site should change to reflect your choice
  5. If your mouse has a scrolling wheel in the middle of the right and left click buttons, you can hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard and scroll it up and down, the text size will increase and decrease. This works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Accessibility in Windows

Windows also has e a number of computer settings you can select to make your enjoyment of our website better. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Accessibility Options. You can select options to alter your keyboard, display and mouse settings. If you are using Windows 7 then, Go to Start>Control Panel>Ease of Access. Here you can make changes to optimise the way windows displays our website.


The Kent Downs AONB website has been developed to best practice coding conventions corresponding with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) guidelines.The website templates are built to conform to the HTML 4.01 Strict document type.

The code for some third party services available on this webiste is generated on other websites and is automatically inserted into web pages on this site. We have no control over the quality of code provided by third party sites and cannot guaratee that it confirms to the HTML 4.01 Strict document type.


Where JavaScript is used, we have provided a working alternative for visitors who have JavaScript turned off. For example, our Interactive Map requires JavaScript to function but all Attractions indicated on the Map can also be accessed by browsing the Attraction Category menu or by using the Attraction Search facility.

PDF Accessibility

If you are having trouble reading a PDF document on this website  Adobe offers a free online tool for converting PDF documents to HTML or text. To use the tool you will need to know the web address of the document you want to convert. This can be found in the browser address bar at the top of the page and begins with http://