Web site accessibility for disabled users is now enshrined in UK law under the SENDA (Special Educational Needs and Disability Act, Disability Discrimination Act Part 4) legislation of 2001. Under the terms of this act it is illegal for a higher education institution to treat people with disabilities less favourably or to fail to make reasonable adjustments to meet their needs.
OUCS strives to make all of its electronic resources as accessible as possible to all of our users, regardless of their particular circumstances. If you find any problems in accessing information from our site, please contact the Webmaster.
OUCS also strives to make sure that our services are fully accessible to our users. In particular, the lecture rooms and Help Centre at OUCS have a comprehensive range of enabling technology and other equipment available for use. Please see the enable section for further details.
The OUCS web site has been written in XML 1.0 and is converted to HTML 4.01 (Transitional) when requested by a browser. The HTML output from our system aims to be at least WCAG A approved which means complying with all priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Our pages will be brought up to level AA to meet the University's requirements and we will implement as many of the priority 3 guidelines as possible. However, there will be parts of OUCS web site that do not reach A approved standard at present. If you experience any problems with such pages please contact the Webmaster.
OUCS uses browser detection methods so that we can send the most appropriate styled page back to the user. Modern browsers that are standards compliant and can render CSS styling properly are served with a CSS, table-free page. Older browsers that cannot render CSS are provided with a tabled version of the web page instead. All versions of Netscape 4 are detected and given an alternative, simplified version of our pages. Where possible OUCS recommends all users to upgrade their favourite browser software to the most recent version.
Please note, what ever technology you use to view our pages, you will be given exactly the same information. We do not have a separate 'text only' version of our site, but we do provide text only views of our information.
The following information is taken from http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_support/BulletinView.asp?QC=895.
- The browser stops responding (crashes)
- The page unloads
- JAWS does not read all text that is visible on the screen
These problems are often caused by imported cascading style sheets. The page's style sheet may also cause certain text or information to be unavailable to JAWS. Usually this occurs because the page displays text or other elements at some point after the page loads.
- In Internet Explorer, press
- Use the arrow keys to select
[Style Sheet Processing].
- Press the
[Top Level Style Sheets].
- Go to the Web page where you were experiencing problems. If the page is working correctly with JAWS,
you can press
<Insert+Shift+V>and change the Style Sheet Processing option to
[Top Level Style Sheets]as well. This applies the new setting to all pages in the Web site domain. The setting is saved so you do not have to change it each time you visit the Web site.
- If the page still does not read correctly, press
[Style Sheet Processing], and press the
<Spacebar>until you choose
[Ignore All]. Return to Web site again and attempt to read the content. The "
[Ignore All]" setting suppresses all style sheet information, so certain text attributes, layout information, and other details may be unavailable. If this setting allows you to read the page correctly, you can press
<Insert+Shift+V>to save it as described in step 4.
Details of the University's Web Accessibility Policy can be found at:
The University's Webmaster can be contacted via their web page at:
Please note problems regarding accessibility of the OUCS web site should be addressed to email@example.com