Countrywide is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and aim to adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
Web Accessibility Initiative
This website endeavours to conform to level A (Priority 1) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.
We will continue to develop the site in accordance with guidelines promoted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Plain English Campaign.
The site displays correctly in current web browsers. If you view our site on an older browser, you may find pages don't display as intended. We recommend you upgrade your browser to the latest versions available below:
Whilst Countrywide strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the Countrywide website, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Opening PDF files
To open a PDF file you have two options. You can download a program called Acrobat Reader and install it onto your computer. The program is available free of charge from the Adobe Acrobat site. Because the download is large - typically between 8MB and 16MB - you may find it easier to find a copy of the program on one of the CDs distributed by computer magazines.
The second option is to use an online PDF conversion tool. You can visit the Adobe Acrobat website, type in the address of a PDF file and get it to translate the file into a more readable format while you wait. Or you can email the address of the file (or the file itself) to Adobe, and they will email a translation back. These translations of the files may not be as clearly formatted as the original PDF file.
PDF files and browsers
You can configure your web browser to open PDF files either within the browser window or in a separate Adobe Acrobat window. There are detailed instructions on the Acrobat website on how to do so for different browsers.
Are PDF files accessible?
PDF file standards have improved over the years and have become more accessible through technologies like screen readers, navigation through the keyboard and enhanced screen viewing. The Adobe site provides information on how best to use these features. You may come across earlier versions of PDF files which are not so accessible.
Using accessible PDF documents with Adobe Reader : a guide for people with disabilities. Opens new window.