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Information and advice about how to make this site more accessible. 

North Pennines AONB is committed to making its online services as accessible as possible to all members of society, in line with the W3C Web Accessibility initiative to level Double-A.

Accessibility guides for platforms and browsers

The web site is designed to work with 'next generation' browsers such as IE8 and Firefox however it will still work with older browsers although with a reduced design. It is strongly recommended by all the browser producers that you keep up to date with the latest versions, for both security and functionality reasons.

Each platform and browser has its own accessibility features and tip, please find below a number of links for most major systems and software.

Accessibility in Microsoft Products

Apple Accessibility Guides

Firefox Tips and Tricks

Adobe Accessibility Resource Centre

Documents, downloads and plug-ins

Documents on this website are available in two formats; Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files. Acrobat files are acceptable because they can be easily accessed using a product called Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded free of charge, and may already be installed on the computer. Adobe Reader has many built-in accessibility features and work in conjunction with some screen-reader software; the latest versions (6 and above) including a text-to-speech function.

Download Adobe Reader

We strive to make sure that all our Adobe files follow the accessibility guidelines and are compatible from at least Acrobat Reader 5 and above however we cannot guarantee this in all documents.

Documents could also be available in Micosoft Word format. To open and read these files you require Microsoft Word; however there are a number of free software applications which at least allow you to open and read the document.

Office Online File Converters and Viewers

Other plug-ins

From time to time we will produce media which will require a viewer to have a number of free browser plug-ins. The plug-ins we primarily use are:

Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Shockwave Player

Java VM