We are committed to a website that is accessible to all our users. We review the site regularly and amend pages that may cause problems for people with disabilities. We aim to meet or exceed the provisions of the W3C/WAI Level 'AA' checklist.
All content produced by Camden Council is checked for plain English, and we aim to use a written style which is straightforward and understandable. (Please note this website contains content produced by both Camden Council and third parties).
The downloadable documents on this site are in Portable Document Format (often referred to as PDF).
How can I open and view a PDF document?
In order to view a PDF document, you need free software called Adobe Acrobat Reader, created by the company called Adobe. However PDFs are not easily accessible to all users so Adobe has developed a method of converting PDF documents into HTML (normal web pages), a more accessible format for assistive technologies.
How do I convert a PDF document into HTML?
The URL (the web address) of a PDF document will appear in the web browser address bar when it is selected. Copy the url (normally looks like this: http://www.camden.gov.uk...) and then visit Adobe's website on the link below.
- http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html - Online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents
Once you have clicked on the link above, you will see an online form created by Adobe. Simply paste the URL into the box you will see and the contents of the PDF will be automatically converted to HTML - an ordinary web page; and in that form it should then be accessible.
There are further features and capabilities of Adobe products that enhance electronic document accessibility for people with disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and motor impairments. You can visit their website using the link below, where you will find this information and links to resources that help people with disabilities work more effectively with Adobe software.
- http://access.adobe.com - Adobe website, accessibility information
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) website has useful advice for screen reader access to PDFs
If you find the text size on this website too small or too large, you can change the size of the text via your Internet browser.
- Internet Explorer 7 : In your toolbar select "Page" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference. Internet Explorer 7 also allows you to zoom the page as a whole. Select "Page" followed by "Zoom" and adjust to your preference, or use the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the zoom.
- Internet Explorer 6: In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference.
- Firefox: In your toolbar select "View" followed by "Text size" and change to your preference or press the keys "CTRL" and + or - at the same time. "CTRL" and "0" (zero) will reset the text size.
There are two ways in which you can change the font size within Safari: one that changes the font size only for the page you are viewing, and another that allows you to set the font size for all of the pages you view.
- Change the text size of the current web page: Hold down the command key on your keyboard. Press the '+' key to increase the font size or the '-' key to decrease the font size.
- Change the text size on all web pages: Click on the 'Safari' heading and choose 'Preferences' from the pull down menu. Click on the heading labeled 'Appearance.' Choose the 'Select' button to the right of the option 'Standard Font.' Choose the font size you want by clicking on the number in the 'Sizes' column. Choose the 'Select' button to the right of the option 'Fixed-width font' and adjust the font size in the same manner. Close the 'Fonts' window and begin browsing with the adjusted font size.
You can find more information about accessibility technology on the RNIB website