Site Help (Accessibility)

We care about making our site accessible for our users which is why we employed a design company who do too! If you have any questions about the accessibility of this site please get in touch with them directly at

The site meets all automatic checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to priority level 2. This is the same level expected of UK government sites.

Navigating the site

Tab Navigation

The site help and main site navigation can be accessed using keyboard shortcuts. This can either be done by pushing the [Tab] key on your keyboard followed by the enter key when you get to the link you want to access. The order that you cycle through these links has been predefined.

Access Keys

You can also use specific access keys to access links in the main and help navigation. Windows users can navigate with the accesskey feature by typing [ALT] + [Accesskey]. On the Mac, you would use [CTRL] + [Accesskey] Internet Explorer users may also need to hit the [Enter] key to activate a link.

The access keys for this site are as follows:

Help Navigation

  • Site Map [m]
  • Site Help [k]
  • Skip to Content [c]

Main Navigation

  • Home [h]
  • Current Research [1]
  • Gallery [2]
  • Team [3]
  • μSIMCT [4]
  • Workshop [5]
  • Contact [6]

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Separation of Style and Content

The site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for layout and styling. All of it! This means you can apply your own style sheet and it makes complete sense when linearized so you can read it with no problems with screen reader software

Partially Sighted or Blind Users

All text sizing is relative so you can increase the font size. It actually works best in a browser like Opera of Internet Explorer 7 where you can simply zoom the page. And it works in these browsers along with a good few others (more below). The site has been tested using screen reader emulation software. It makes sense when run through this software.

'Alt' tags are applied to images where appropriate and where images contain text they are displayed as a background image with text in their place that is hidden in a normal browser but is visible to screen readers.

'Skip to content' and ' Top of Page' links have been introduced for users with screen readers

The site has been tested to ensure the contrast between text and backgrounds is sufficient. It renders well in greyscale.

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Other accessibility / usability tests

The site has been tested to ensure the contrast between text and backgrounds is sufficient. It renders well in greyscale. The site has been tested (and works) in the following browsers / browser emulators

  • Internet Explorer 5.5 (Windows) - If you're still using this browser and you can upgrade, for the sake of your own security we strongly recommend it!! Download the latest version from the Microsoft website
  • Internet Explorer 6 (Windows)
  • Internet Explorer 7 (Windows)
  • Opera 9 (Windows)
  • Firefox 2 (Windows)
  • Firefox 2 (Linux)
  • Konqueror (Linux)
  • Safari 2 (Mac OS X)

The site can be viewed on monitors with 800 by 600 pixels and greater. At this minimum resolution there is minimal horizontal scrolling

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Further info, suggestions and complaints

Please direct your enquiries to the web team at []