We may collect personal information from you through the use of request forms. Please note that the information given by you will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of processing your request, sending you any materials or information which you have requested, and for auditing usage of the site. Your details may also be entered into our database for general administration purposes.
To help us to address the needs of our users, we may keep track of how you use the information which we send to you or which is available on our website. We keep a record of which links are accessed by users on our website to enable us to find out which kinds of information are of most interest to those users. We use this information to provide a service which is tailored to the needs of users of our website and those who have chosen to receive information from us. This information is held on an anonymous basis and you will not be personally identifiable from this information.
You have the right to apply for a copy of the information we hold about you (for which we may make a small charge to cover the cost of administration) and to have any inaccuracies corrected.
We will not disclose your information to other parties and can assure you that the information given will only be used for internal purposes.
Meeting web standards
The internet should be easy to use for everyone, including those with disabilities. With this in mind, we have adopted a policy of accessibility and have designed this website to meet current web standards.
All development work carried out on this website will adhere to current Web Standards, as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). We are doing this to ensure the site is compliant and can be displayed by W3C standards compliant browsers.
The website has been designed with these accessibility guidelines in mind:
• We make sure that navigation throughout the site works in a consistent way.
• We use a standard web font to make it easy for all to read. In most cases, the size of the font can be adjusted according to the users’ needs, using standard browser and operating system options. All the images are given ‘alt text’ alternatives except those which are only decorative; the tags for these are left blank.
• We never use colour as the only way to convey information.
While the pages can still be accessed in older browsers, to see them laid-out correctly will require a standards compliant browser. If you would like to upgrade your browser we recommend the latest free versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer. Mac OS X users may also consider Safari.
The ourscottishborders.com website is structured around five key themes of Invest, Live, Work, Study, Visit plus a News section.
At the top of every website page, you will see links to these six website sections, and by clicking on these boxes you will be taken straight to the appropriate section's landing page. Clicking on the logo on the top right hand side will return you directly to the homepage.
Within each of the six sections, you will find a left hand side vertical navigation bar. The left hand menus reflect the colour of the section you are in - Invest (Tweed blue); Live (maroon); Work (dark valley green); Study (heather purple); Visit (sea turquoise) and News (earth brown).
Below the header bar is the breadcrumb navigation. The breadcrumb trail will show you the navigation path from the home page to your current page location.
On the footer of every page, you will find direct links to the About Us, Terms & Conditions, Site Map and Our Scottish Borders Brand pages.
Search the site
If you cannot find content through navigation or the sitemap, a search box is available on every page, at the top right hand corner, beneath the logo.
You can type a search term or keyword in the search box then click on the magnifying glass to start your search. The search results page shows your resultts and a link to the appropriate section.
Sharing options and social media icons
The website offers a number of useful links and sharing options. These icons and links appear beneath the search box on every page: