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Accessibility

Introduction

The Abertay University is committed to making the information and resources that it provides via our website accessible to all users. We aim to be standards compliant and follow general principles of usability and universal design, which should help all visitors to this website.

The Abertay University website has been designed with accessibility in mind, and should therefore be as accessible to as many modern browsing devices as possible, including screen readers and mobile browsers. We check all new content added, and as and when feedback is received we will make accessibility enhancements should they be required.

We intend to meet at least level 2 (AA) of the W3C's Website Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Guidelines, and as far as possible to meet level 3 (AAA). For more information about the WAI Guidelines see: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.  By taking this approach we hope to make our site as inclusive as possible, and also to comply with UK legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) as amended by the Special Education Needs and Disability Act (2001), which states that it is an offence to discriminate against a disabled person by treating him or her less favourably than others for a reason relating to their disability.

We welcome feedback on suggestions for improvements.  If you have any problems, please use our feedback form.

 

Alternative formats for reading site information

Alternative formats of all guides and publications on this site are available on request from:

IS Service Desk
Information Services
Abertay University
Bell Street
Dundee
DD1 1HG

Tel: 01382 308 888

Email: isservicedesk@abertay.ac.uk 

Browser Accessibility Features

There are a number of features built into the latest browsers that will make pages easier for you to read.  We encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of the browser you are using to utilise these features. For further information about the help available visit the BBC - My Web My Way pages.  

The site should also be compatible with:

  • basic operating system screen magnifiers
  • Screen readers such as Jaws

We have also implemented some keyboard navigation options to help navigate around our pages (see below).

Keyboard navigation

To help navigate around our site we have added a number of shortcuts.  These include both access keys and tab shortcuts.

Access Keys

s - Skip main navigation

1 - Home

2 - main navigation

3 - main search

4 - page footer

5 - Study Here landing page

6 - Research and Business landing page

7 - Discover landing page

8 - Site Map

9 - Feedback

0 - Accessibility 

 

Note: The way of accessing the shortcut key is varying in different browsers:  (also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Access_key for a full list of browser Supporting access keys.)

BrowserWindowsLinuxMac
Internet Explorer Altaccesskey N/A  
Chrome Altaccesskey Altaccesskey Ctrl Altaccesskey
Firefox Alt Shift accesskey Alt Shift accesskey Ctrl Altaccesskey
Safari Altaccesskey N/A Ctrl Altaccesskey
Opera Opera 15 or newer: Altaccesskey
Opera 12.1 or older: Shift  escaccesskey

 

Quick Tab access

The TAB key can be used to navigate through links within the site menu and the main text of each page. Once a link has been highlighted, use the ENTER key to activate the link.  To help users of screen readers we have also added a hidden tab to menu at the very top of the markup.  Clicking tab (the indicated number of times) when the page first loads will offer the following jump links (you will need to hit enter to follow the jump link):

1 - Skip to navigation

2 - Skip to site search

3 - Skip to main content

4 - Skip to footer

Documents

PDF's

Where possible we are trying to convert all our downloadable documents to PDF format. PDF stands for Portable Document File. You need a plug-in called Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files which you can download for free from Adobe’s website. Users who have concerns about accessibility should visit Adobe’s accessibility website. Recent versions of Acrobat Reader have a Read Out Loud facility, which can be found under the View menu.

Office Files

How can I view a Word file if I don’t have Word software? A free Word viewer is available from Microsoft at the Microsoft Download Center. You’ll find Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewers here too. Open source versions of similar software can be accessed at http://www.openoffice.org/