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6 July 2015

Dixerit Plus 

Dixerit Plus can be activated on any page by clicking the icon at the top of the screen.
Dixerit Plus makes websites talk. What you see is what is said. Dixerit can read most file formats including Word, RTF and PDF. It works on any browser with connection speeds of 33.6k and up.  Dixerit also enables you to magnify the screen or change the colour and contrast.
Dixerit Plus is free of charge for the user and works for most common web browsers without the need to download specific plugins or software.
The purpose of speech enabling is to make the internet accessible for those with dyslexia (currently more than six million in the UK), people with learning disabilities or low literacy levels, people with impaired or limited vision, those that have English as a second language, the ageing population, children, e-learning learners and people who would rather listen than read.
These groups represent more than 20% of the population. 



Our aim is to have an accessible, dynamic, top quality website that meets the needs of Essex citizens.
The implementation of our web standards ensures our website remains accessible to all, and meets government standards. Lots of people with visual, hearing and mobility impairments use the internet  every day. We are striving to make our web pages more accessible and user-friendly to everyone.

Our guidelines 

The pages on this site comply with all priority 1 (A) and 2 (AA) guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0).
As many of the guidelines can't be automatically tested, this statement is made on the basis of subjective manual review. After a thorough evaluation of the site against priority 1 and 2 guidelines, we believe that the website adheres to these guidelines. A checklist of the WCAG guidelines can be found on the W3C website.

Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) 

All pages on this site use valid Cascading Stylesheets (CSS), as determined by the W3C CSS Validation Service. This is important to ensure that the website has a consistent appearance across all web browsers.

Browser compatibility 

This site has been tested with the latest versions of these browsers for compatibility:
Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
For help maximising the benefits of your browser, such as making text larger, please visit the BBC website or the RNIB website

Plain English 

The site currently holds the Plain English Crystal Mark. This mark is awarded by the Plain English Campaign, who work towards getting rid of jargon in public documents, including websites.
 Plain English Crystal Mark

The campaign regularly checks sites with the Crystal Mark to make sure they are adhering to their standards wherever possible.
We also regularly check pages across the site to make sure they are following Plain English guidelines, and wherever possible simplify any council terms or jargon.
The Plain English Campaign defines plain English as something that the intended audience can read, understand and act upon the first time they read it. Plain English takes into account design and layout as well as language.
Plain English should be used in all kinds of public information, such as forms, leaflets, agreements and contracts. The golden rule is that plain English should be used in any information that ordinary people rely on when they make decisions. 

Viewing documents on our website  

If you are having problems viewing any of the documents on our website, you can download a free viewer using the links below:

Council properties

For information about accessing Essex County Council properties, visit DisabledGo.
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