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We want the website to be accessible to all users. We are therefore working towards adapting it to the recommendations issued by the WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative), an international work group integrated into the World Wide Web Consortium W3C in order to eliminate those barriers that limit the right of any individual to have access to information and communication.

This effort follows the directives of the initiatives included in the E-Europe 2002 Action Plan with reference to the “Accessibility of Public Web Sites and Their Content”, contained in the EU Council Resolution of 25 March 2002.

The level of accessibility that we want to attain corresponds to the WAI category of AA.

Guidelines for accessibility

  • HTML 4.01 Transitional and CSS 2.1 Code must be used. The use of these standards has improved access both for users with special needs and for users with all types of browsers and has reduced downloading times, which is helpful for users with slow connections.
  • We have positioned content using CSS and without tables. Screen readers for those who are visually impaired or blind read the document in a logical way.
  • We have clearly identified the different sections, subsections and headings of the website.
  • Users can change the colour and size of letters using the browser tools to adapt them for the visually impaired.
    • With Microsoft Internet Explorer and with Mozilla Firefox, with the option “View” > “Text size”.
    • With Mozilla Firefox, the keys [Ctrl +] increase the size and [Ctrl -] decrease it.
  • We only use tables for tabular data, and these are constructed in a way that makes them accessible.
  • When there is a video to watch, we also provide an alternative textual description.
  • Images that are relevant to the content also have an alternative textual description. This is beneficial both for blind users and for those accessing the website through text browsers or who have the image option of their browser disabled.
  • We have limited the use of JavaScript to a maximum. At the same time, we have ensured that where it is used, there is no barrier to entry, providing access to the same content by alternative means.
  • We advise users when a new window has been opened. This is beneficial for visually impaired users and those with cognitive difficulties.
  • We have labelled the form fields and have arranged them so that they follow a logical reading order.