Our commitment to accessible web design
The Love Food Hate Waste site has been developed to ensure content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web-users in the community.
EPA strives to maintain conformance to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The public pages on this site meet the criteria for AA compliance with WCAG guidelines, and has been checked using Bobby and the Wave 3.0 Accessibility Tool.
Access keys function exactly like hot keys in any Microsoft application. They are intended as an accessibility aid for vision impaired users to skip directly to relevant content areas on a page. Internet Explorer (IE) has supported access keys since version 4, Netscape since version 6. Older browsers do not support access key functions, but this will not affect the visual delivery of content.
To use the access keys on the Love Food Hate Waste site, Windows users can navigate with the access key feature by typing ALT+Access key followed by Return. Using a Mac, you will need to use CTRL+Access key (not COMMAND+Access key, which can produce undesirable effects).
Please type ALT (or CTRL for the Mac) +:
- S = Skip to content
- 1 = Home
- 3 = Sitemap
- 4 = Search (either the input or link)
- 7 = Contact Us
- 9 = Feedback
This site meets all of the coding criteria for compliance with W3C CSS (cascading style sheets) and HTML 4.01 Transitional. For example, check the home page for HTML validity. Visit www.w3c.org for more information.
Help with PDFs and text size
Converting PDF files
The Adobe website provides online conversion tools to convert Adobe PDF files to plain text or HTML files, which can then be read by a number of common screen reader programs. To access this service go to www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html
Alternatively, the Adobe PDF file can be submitted as a MIME attachment to an email message. For plain text, mail the attached PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. For HTML, mail the attached PDF to email@example.com.
Changing the size of the text
Font sizes are designed for maximum accessibility. They are relative, not fixed in height, so that you can change the text size to suit you. Take note design elements and page content will shift position to accommodate the changed font-size and may create cosmetic artefacts. This should not affect your ability to access or read information. Please let us know if this happens so we can address it.
Use the [a][A] icons at the top and bottom right of the content area within the webpage, or change the font size via your browser settings using the instructions below.
- Chrome - Select the 3 menu butons top right, and choose (-) or (+) zoom.
- Internet Explorer – select View menu, Text Size, and choose the relative font size to apply.
- Firefox – select View menu and choose Increase or Decrease.