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The Town of Whitby is committed to creating an accessible online environment for its visitors and to making its web documents available for everyone. We are committed to making this website accessible and easy to use for everyone, at all levels of ability. If you use assistive technology and the format of any content on this website interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact our Webmaster.

This website allows people using text-only browsers or other assistive technology to read the content on the page, including text descriptions for all images.

Text Size

You can adjust the size of nearly all of the text on this website by using our font size widget that is found at the top right side of the website.

image of the buttons found at the top of every page

To change the font size, click on the small, medium or large "A" until you find a font size that is comfortable for you.

  To reset the text, click on "Text Size" .

Many browsers also provide a way of enlarging text and/or graphics under the "View" menu.

Other screen-readers

Windows Narrator

Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program. The program gives speech feedback for menus and dialogue boxes. It does not speak the entire web page. The following steps will enable you to turn on that feature:

  • Click the Start button or press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.
  • Open Programs. Click All Programs or press P on the keyboard until All Programs is highlighted and press Enter.
  • Click Accessories or press A on the keyboard until Accessories is highlighted and press Enter.
  • Click Accessibility. If you are using the keyboard, it will already be highlighted, press Enter.
  • Click Narrator or press N on the keyboard until Narrator is highlighted, press Enter.
  • This opens the Microsoft Narrator box. The Narrator immediately begins to read instructions on how to use the feature.
  • Click OK or press Enter on the keyboard. Another window will appear with various options.
  • Click the checkbox or press the spacebar on your keyboard to customize your options. You can also adjust voice settings by clicking the Voice button or pressing V on the keyboard.

Macintosh VoiceOver Utility

VoiceOver Utility is a screen-reading program built into the latest versions (OS 10.4 and 10.5) of Apple Macintosh Operating Systems. It provides speech feedback for menus and dialogue boxes and can speak out whole web pages once configured.

Visit the VoiceOver website for more information about VoiceOver Utility.

Visit the VoiceOver download section for an accessible PDF manual or audio recordings of the Getting Started manual for VoiceOver Utility.

Alternative Text

Images on the Town of Whitby website have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text.  This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers.

Software Utilities

A number of documents on the website are available in a PDF format.  However, not in an fully accessible format at this time, the Town is actively working to making these files to be fully accessible. Adobe Reader is required to open these files. You can download Adobe Reader free of charge from the Adobe website.

Contact Us for Help

Please contact us for help if you find any information on this website that you cannot access. The Town is actively working to make the PDF files fully accessible. We welcome any comments on how to improve our site's accessibility.