Accessible Web Design

This site is produced by the Western Australian Museum. It aims to provide comprehensive information about the Museum and its services.

This website has been designed to be as accessible to as many users as possible, including:

  • People with disabilities who may use assistive technologies,
  • Those with slower internet connections or less than state of the art equipment, and
  • Rural and regional users.

By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web users in the community. The Western Australian Museum strives to maintain conformance to W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines", available at:

Text size

You can change the text size of this site from within your browser.

If you are using Internet Explorer, from the "view" menu select "text size" and choose the most suitable size for you.

If you are using Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Opera you can increase the text size by pressing "ctrl" and "+" (Windows) or "cmd" and "+" (Macintosh) and decrease your text size by pressing "ctrl" and "-“ (Windows) or "cmd" and "-" (Macintosh).

Content and information pages

The content of the Western Australian Museum website conforms to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 except for the following areas:

Although progress has been made in making information within PDF files more accessible (for example most of the Museum’s records are available in PDF/A format), a W3C compliant version / alternative text versions are not yet available is still needed for universal accessibility. All documents can be converted into a web text version upon request by emailing:

Other areas where we do not always meet WCAG v2.0 are:

  • Text transcripts of audio files are currently not available for all podcasts.
  • Text transcripts and captioning of video files are currently not available for all videos (though a significant portion has now been transcribed). If you would like any video on the site captioned / transcribed, please email us at and we will transcribe on request.
  • In many cases, text equivalents of PDF files / Word Documents are not provided. Alternative formats are available on request.

Converting PDF files

The Adobe website provides a service to convert PDF files to HTML via an online form.

Using Acrobat Reader

After installing Acrobat Reader (available for free download from the Adobe website), double-click a PDF file to automatically start Acrobat Reader and view the file. Or you can start Acrobat Reader first, then choose “File > Open” to open and view a PDF file.

Website accessibility project

The Western Australian Museum is committed to providing the highest standards in accessible website development and delivering on the guidelines set in WCAG v2.0 AA. We are also committed to deliver as many accessible outcomes as possible by 31 December 2013. This date has now passed, but we are always actively engaging on improving our accessibility standards, please email us at if there are element of the website that you struggle to use - feedback always helps us improve the website experience.

A blog post was written on 30 April 2013 that documented the website accessibility project processes:

Contact details

If you have difficulty accessing any of the content on this website please contact us at