Audit Scotland believes that everyone should be able to access its website regardless of any impairments or technical constraints.
As well as being intuitive and easy to use, this website attempts to combine aesthetic value with practicality. This user-focused design combines these requirements into one website solution to satisfy all of its users.
All pages within the site should comply with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Priority Level 1 and 2 guidelines.
Many Priority Level 3 guidelines have also been followed in the creation of this web site, and we intend to improve upon this in the future.
We have included the UK Government's standard access keys to enable you to navigate the main website sections using the keyboard.
For Windows-based PCs, press the 'Alt' key and one of the numbers below, then press the 'Return' key. For Apple Macs, press the 'Ctrl' key and one of the numbers below.
S - Skip navigation
1 - Home page
2 - Councils
3 - Services
4 - Fire and Rescue
5 - Police Forces
6 - Direction
7 - Accessibility statement
8 - Contact us
9 - Return to main site
0 - Site map
Use of text
Where possible, and without compromising design, text has been used instead of images on this website. Navigation, page titles and subtitles, links and other elements have all been created using accessible html text.
To allow full user control over how text appears on screen, this site has been created using relative text sizes. Follow the instructions below to resize the text in your browser.
If you are using Internet Explorer
Click Tools > Internet Options > Accessibility. Check the 'ignore font sizes specified by Web pages' box. More detailed information is available on Microsoft's web site.
If you are using Firefox
Click Edit > Preferences > Appearance > Fonts. Change size (pixels) to preferred settings. Older versions of Netscape may not allow you to override this web site's font size settings. A solution could be to upgrade to a more recent version of the Netscape browser.
If you are using Opera
Click File > Preferences > Fonts & Colors. Change minimum font sizes as desired. If you are using other browsers, or cannot change font sizes, please view help information that is provided. This can usually be found within the browser software itself.
Contrast and colour
The site has been tested to ensure that pages provide sufficient contrast when viewed by users with colour blindness or when viewed on a black and white screen.
No information is conveyed through colour alone.
Some browsers for example JAWS, Lynx and Opera can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list separately. For this reason, wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context.
All content images include descriptive ALT text attributes.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
International standards organisation, part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).