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South Cambridgeshire District Council, in partnership with 3C ICT, has designed this site to be as accessible as possible to all our citizens. We continually review our site and modify pages to remove accessibility problems for people with disabilities and to make information more accessible for all users. All of our content is checked for plain English, and we aim to use a written style which is straightforward and understandable.

Text Size

Some users with certain visual impairments may find that the default text size of websites make them difficult to read. All of the text elements of the South Cambridgeshire site can be expanded by making use of browser functionality, as set out below:

Internet Explorer 7 & 8

  • If you have your menu bar showing: Select View
  • Alternatively Select Page
  • From the drop-down menu, select Text Size
  • Select the required size
  • (Alternatively, press Alt - V - X in succession)

Internet Explorer 6

  • Select View from the menu at the top of your browser
  • From the drop-down menu, select Text Size'
  • Select the required size
  • (Alternatively, press Alt - V - X in succession)

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

  • Select View from the menu at the top of your browser
  • From the drop-down menu, select Zoom'
  • Select Zoom In or Zoom Out as required
  • (Alternatively, simultaneously press 'Ctrl' and '+', or 'Ctrl' and '-' )

Mozilla Firefox 2.0

  • Select View from the menu at the top of your browser.
  • From the drop-down menu, select Text Size.
  • Select Increase or Decrease as required.
  • (Alternatively, simultaneously press 'Ctrl' and '+', or 'Ctrl' and '-' )

Google Chrome

  • Using the tools option, select the tab under the hood
  • Under the heading Web Content' choose Change font and language settings
  • Choose the font size you like and then close
  • (Alternatively, from the 'page' setting, choose 'zoom' and increase the font from there)


  • In Safari you can zoom the text size in and out with Command + and Command - (The Command key on a Macintosh is indicated by an Apple or cloverleaf symbol).
  • Or you can use menu View / Make Text Bigger

Opera 8/9/10

  • Select menu item Tools/Preferences' (or press Alt-P)
  • Select tab Web pages
  • Choose Normal font'
  • Select the font and size you like
  • You can control fonts in more detail on the Advanced tab.

Other browser software will make use of similar functionality, most likely available from the 'View' option or equivalent.

Text Contrast

Certain users may need to alter the default combination of black text on a white or light green background that is used on the South Cambridgeshire website. If necessary, the combination of background and text colour can be controlled in the following way:

Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0

  • Select Tools then Internet Options from the menu at the top of your browser.
  • From the General tab: Accessibility button and check the box marked Ignore Colors Specified on Web Pages / Ignore colours/font styles/font sizes
  • OK
  • From the Internet Options box, choose the Colors button
  • Select the required colour scheme, then OK and again on the Internet Options box.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and 3.0

  • Select Tools then Options from the menu (or Preferences on Mac)
  • Select Content
  • In the Fonts & Colours section, choose the Colors... button.
  • Set default text and background colours, as well as default colours for visited and unvisited hyperlinks. You can also specify whether hyperlinks should be underlined.
  • NOTE: To override the colours defined by web pages, uncheck the "Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above" option.

Netscape 7.1

  • Select Edit then Preferences from the menu at the top of your browser
  • Expand the Appearance category in the left hand section of the dialogue box
  • Check the box marked Use my chosen colours...
  • Select the required colour scheme and OK

Showing 'Alt (alternative) Text in the Mozilla Firefox Browser

If you would like to see the Alt (alternative) Text on images in the Firefox Browser, there is an add-on you can download for free, called Popup ALT Attribute from Firefox.

My web my way!

Do you need help in making the web easier to use? The BBC's My Web My Way site explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you. 

Adobe Acrobat Reader

In order to view some of the documents on this site you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Adobe website gives instructions on how to download/install the viewer for free.
Acrobat provides several preferences that help make the reading of PDFs more accessible for visually impaired and motion-impaired users, including preferences that control how PDFs appear on the screen and are read by a screen reader.

Microsoft Office viewers

We may also provide our documents in other formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint - all are part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft provide viewers for all of these types of software, for free, so that you can view them without having to purchase their software.

Documents in other formats

South Cambridgeshire District Council will try to provide key documents in other formats such as large text, Braille, audio or in other languages. Email: or call: 03450 450 500.

Web page translation services

The following websites provide a free page by page website translation service.


Google translation services currently translate to the following languages;

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