"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
The ITB web Portal
This Portal has been designed to be accessible to the largest number of people possible. Every effort has been made to create pages which can be seen with different browsers, with internet connections of varying speeds and which can be read or used with various technologies for people with disabilities (screen readers, braille keyboards etc.)
The page layout of our website is liquid (table-less) and based on CSS. It is possible to make the text larger or smaller, and to navigate a text only version. The background and foreground colours have been chosen to assure a high level of contrast (checked with an algorithm recomended by the W3C).
This website has been designed to conform both to the WAI Accessibilty Guidlines (level AAA) and to the "Legge Stanca". On every page of our site it is possible to validate the HTML5 and the CSS code by clicking on the icons at the bottom of each page (they link to the W3C validators).
How to use this site
Main sections menu
The blue horizontal menu bar under the banner at the top of the page provides links to the main section of the site (Home, Mission, Research Fields, Publications, Projects, Staff, Service, contact us).
A second horizontal bar provides the interactive 'bread crumb' path of the page you are on. This bar is alwayas on the top of the page to ensure better navigation.
Sub-navigation in the left-hand column provides links to the pages of the section your are in.
The center content column contains text and images.
Utility features are available in the Service and Accessibility area of the portal. The Site search funciotn is located on the top -right side of the page.
Portal Accessibility keyboard shortcuts
To ensure a better navigation the portal priveds a set of the keyboard shortcuts:
|keyboard shortcuts||Portal Page|
|h||Go to Home Page|
|r||Go to Research Fields Section|
|p||Go to Publications Section|
|a||Go to Accessibility Page|
|s||Go to Staff Section|
|n||Go to Institute News Page|
|m||Go to Site Map|
|e||Go to Service Area|
Depending on the user's browser software, the keys below are usually pressed in combination with other keys; (For more details consult your web browser documentation)
Internet Explorer combination: ALT + MIUSC + keyboard shortcuts+ CTRL and then press ENTER button
Google Chrome, Apple safari and Mozilla Firefox combination: ALT + MIUSC + keyboard shortcut button
Opera combination: MIUSC + ESC + keyboard shortcut button
W3C Accessibility Guidelines
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential, which includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), a W3C work group created to promote accessibility on the web, produced a series of guidelines in 1999 to create highly accessibly webpages: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
The WAI, in their accessibility guidelines, have defined 3 levels of accessibility: A, AA, AAA where triple-A is the most accessible, and A satisfies only first level priority checkpoints.
In Italy there is a web accessibility law know as the "Legge Stanca" which outlines its own set of accessibility guidelines to which all websites in the Italian Public sector must conform.
Our website is compatible with all current generation browsers.
The following list of previous generation browsers have been tested and result compatible:
Internet Explorer from verions 6.0
Google Chrome from version 7
Apple Safari from version 4
Opera from version 7.5
Mozilla Firefox from version 3
Whilst every effort has been made to make this website accessible, there may be some problems with older browsers as unfortunatley they do not support CSS.
Web Master: Matteo Gnocchi (matteo.gnocchi * itb.cnr.it)
Content Reviewer: John Hatton (john.hatton * itb.cnr.it)
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