Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Website Accessibility

Every endeavour is taken to provide a website that is accessible to all visitors and our commitment is to continue to improve the accessibility of the Orkney Islands Council website in every way we can.

Our ongoing commitment is to provide a website that is as accessible as possible. Our aim is to meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 in all areas of the website. These guidelines can be viewed by selecting the WCAG 2.0 link from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Text size

The text size for this site can be changed using your browser.

Internet Explorer: Select the "View" menu, then "Text size"

FireFox: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom" or "Zoom text only"

Safari: Select the "View" menu, then "Make text bigger" or "Make text smaller"

Opera: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom"


We aim to provide a website that is easy to use for all visitors using 'plain English'. Where necessary we provide contact information for assistance should it be required.

Access Keys

In a web browser, an access key (or accesskey) allows a computer user immediately to jump to a specific part of a web page via the keyboard. Access keys for the Orkney Islands Council website are listed as follows. Information on the key combination for various web browsers has also been provided.

  • AccessKey A = Home.
  • AccessKey B = Contact Us.
  • AccessKey C = Council.
  • AccessKey E = Online Services.
  • AccessKey F = Service Directory.
  • AccessKey G = Calendars.
  • AccessKey H = News.
  • AccessKey I = A to Z.
  • AccessKey J = How to.
  • AccessKey K = Web Guide.

Activation keys for Access Keys

 Web Browser.

 Activation Keys.


 Ctrl or Alt.


 Element is activated immediately upon key press.



 Google Chrome 3 and higher.

 Alt on Windows and Linux

 Ctrl + Opt on Mac.

 Firefox 2, 3, and 4.

 Alt+Shift on Windows.


 Ctrl on Mac[2].


 Shift + Esc (release keys and choose number).

 Safari 3.

 Alt for Windows.

 Ctrl for Mac.

 Safari 4 and higher.

 Alt for Windows.

 Ctrl + Opt on Mac.

 Internet Explorer 8 and higher.


 Internet Explorer (prior to 8).

 Alt + Accesskey (release and enter).


 Ctrl  (release and choose Accesskey).



Documents created by Orkney Islands Council available on this website for download undergo complete accessibility checks. These checks include document properties, alt text for images, correct reading order and document resizing for improved download times. Documents available for download are clearly displayed in the 'Related Downloads' section of relevant pages with a clear indication of each file's size.


BrowseAloud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. There are 7 million people in the UK with literacy problems. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments. Orkney Islands Council provides visitors with the option to use BrowseAloud on the Orkney Islands Council website to assist with reading pages and information. Full guidance on all functions available from the BrowseAloud service can be viewed on the 'Read, Speak and Translate' page available from the left menu of this page.

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