Accessibility

This website has been built and designed to comply with the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility guidelines. This means that certain technical means and content production principles have been applied to make the content of the website accessible to users with disabilities such as visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities.

Accessibility can also be improved by readjusting one’s computer by changing browser and operation system settings. Below is an overview of the primary tools.

More detailed instructions are available at http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/mcmw/ (in English).

Navigation by keyboard

This website can only be navigated via a keyboard by using the Tab key. Each push of the button shifts focus to the next element. The active element is indicated by a change in colour and a box around it. In order to activate a link that is currently in focus, the Enter key must be pressed on the keyboard.

The first 3 links to become active during such navigation are hidden from regular users and intended exclusively for persons navigating by keyboard. These are, respectively, “Continue to primary content”, “Switch to high contrast” and “Accessibility”.

“Continue to primary content” skips the heading and the left pane and jumps to the primary content of the website. “Switch to high contrast” makes the web design high contrast, meaning that the text will turn white, links yellow and the background black. “Accessibility” refers to the same page where you are at the moment.

Magnification of content

Web browsers

In order to magnify content, we first recommend to use the built-in functions of the web browser.

All common web browsers have the option to zoom in and out on the page by pressing and holding down the Ctrl key (Cmd key in the OS X operation systems) and simultaneously pressing either the + or - key. Another convenient way to do this is by using the mouse: hold down the Ctrl key and move the scroll wheel of the mouse. Regular view can be restored by simultaneously pressing the Ctrl and 0 key.

Independent programmes

All widespread operation systems contain settings to magnify the content displayed on the screen.

In the case of Windows 7, you can find a programme called Magnifier by clicking on the Start menu, typing Magnifier (the first few letters are enough) and pressing Enter. This will open a small window in which everything is displayed in a magnified form. The programme monitors the location of the mouse pointer by default.

In the case of Windows XP, you can find the Magnifier programme by clicking on Start > All Programs > Accessories >  Accessibility > Magnifier.

In order to magnify content in Apple computers, please operate as follows: Apple menu > System Preferences > Accessibility (or Universal Access) > Zoom.

Web browser extensions

Web browsers can be equipped with extensions that enable magnification, which supplement the existing functions of the web browser. For instance, Firefox has the “Zoom Page” option, which allows to magnify the entire page as well as only the text; this option is called AutoZoom for Chrome.

Using the screen reader

A screen reader is a programme that attempts to interpret the content displayed on the computer screen and convey it by other means, such as sounds or audio commentary. This is, first and foremost, a tool for visually impaired people.

The content presented on this website has been created in accordance with the standards comprehensible to screen readers and in a manner that all visual content can be reproduced in another form. For instance, images are supplemented by written descriptions, in the case of videos, there is a description below it on what is currently happening in the video, the placement and order of structural elements takes into account the movement of a screen reader on the screen and enables to consume information in a logical order.

A selection of most common screen readers:
JAWS (Windows)
VoiceOver (OS X, free, built-in)
NVDA (Windows, free)
SystemAccess (Windows)

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