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Accessible documents policy

Using our documents

East Sussex County Council publishes documents in a range of formats, including, PDF (Portable Document Format), Word, Excel and also CSV (comma-separated values).

We want as many people as possible to be able to use those documents. For example, when we produce a document we make sure to:

  • provide a plain text web page (‘HTML’ (Hypertext Mark-up Language)) option where possible
  • tag headings and other parts of the document properly, so screen readers can understand the page structure
  • make sure we include alternative text alongside non-decorative images, so people who can’t see them can understand what they’re there for
  • avoid using tables, except when we’re presenting data
  • use plain English whenever possible