The two key principles of accessible web design are to create correctly presented pages and provide comprehensible content in order to facilitate navigation through the website.
An accessible website is one whose contents can be properly used by the greatest number of users. The most important thing to make a website accessible is to realize that people access the web in very different ways.
Therefore, an accessible website should present the information so that users can access it regardless of the device used and regardless of the skills of each user.
Besides facilitating a good communication with the user, the UV’ website ensures that, in turn, the user can communicate to the web in the most optimal way and avoiding the skills and abilities of each user.
The web pages of this website comply with the provisions of the Royal Decree 1494/2007, of 12 November, amending the Regulation on the basic conditions for accessing people with disabilities to technologies, products and services related to the information society and media.
Specifically this website complies with all the requirements of Priority 1 and Priority 2 of UNE Regulation 139803: 2004 and conforms to the guidelines defined by the permanent working group Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the Consortium for the World Wide Web (W3C) for AA level.
Some of the features that have been implemented on the website of the Universitat de València to allow access to all web content more easily are:
- Visual characteristics of the portal (font type, font colour and background, etc.) have been defined using the style sheet so that the user can adjust the text styles to their preferences.
- Font sizes have been defined relatively so that users can magnify or reduce the font size from the browser options menu.
- If a user accesses www.uv.es with a browser that does not support style sheets or scripts it will present no problems, since he/she may also access all contents of the UV portal.
- The information architecture of portals seeks a clear and intuitive structure both for the users who can see all the content, and for those reading the information with a screen reader or for those who deactivate the style sheet, etc. Under this objective, the section headings, lists and other elements that help general understanding of the website have been defined.
- The HTML and CSS code pages are adjusted to formal grammars to ensure correct display of contents in different browsers.
In any case, you may find a page that is not fully suited to these standards, as some of the sections contained in the portal are in the process of adaptation and improvement. Our goal is to keep working every day to improve the accessibility and usability of corporate portals of the UV’ web. If you want to send any suggestions on accessibility, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org