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Accessibility of this website

The standard rules for the creation of accessible web pages have been taken into account in the design of the web pages of the Service of Information about Disability and our aim has been to design a website that can be browsed by the highest number of users regardless of their personal or technological limitations.

However, the SID is a dynamic website and this implies that it is virtually impossible to test each and every one of the pages that can be consulted since these appear only when a user makes a certain request. Thus, should you have any problems when browsing a specific page please tell us through the electronic address, or using our suggestions form.

Webpage design in compliance with standards

All the SID’s pages use semantic structuring labels. H1 labels have been used for the main headings of each page. H2 labels have been used for subheadings, and so on. Any user of screen readers (for example JAWS) can go from one section to the next by pressing ALT-INSERT+2.

Shortcut access keys (Access keys)

Access keys have been enabled to make browsing easier. In order to use these access keys in systems based on Microsoft Windows use the key combination ALT+Access key (for Internet Explorer 4.0, Netscape, Mozilla Firebird) or ALT+Access key+ENTER (Internet Explorer 5 or higher) or Capitals+Esc to enable access keys for Opera; in systems based on the MacOS operating system the combination CONTROL+Access key can be used.

The following access keys can be used on all the SID's pages:

1 - Homepage
F - Search box
S - Information by section
T - Information by topic
C - Information by group
A - Information by geographical area

Navigation help

All pages have a hidden link to go directly to each page's contents zone. This is especially useful for the users of screen readers that do not want to "hear" the navigation and search bars.

The use of style sheets to format the arrangement in columns also allows the location of the left menu and right menu bars at the end of the page.

All the elements of the forms have been labelled in order to extend the activation area and so that they can be more easily identified by screen reader programmes.

The information contained in our databases can be searched using different criteria. You can search for information by section, by topic, by group or type of disability and by geographical area.

All the pages include a search area (access key F) and advanced search options are also offered.

An aural style sheet is included for its use by compatible screen readers. Different voices have been specified for contents and navigation. Navigation elements have been made panoramic in the stereo space so that they correspond to their real location on the page.


Many links have attributes that describe the link in a detailed way, unless the text of the link itself completely describes the link’s purpose (for example a link to a news item by its title).

The links have been written so that they make sense with no context.

The navigation links have been designed so that they are not too small even if the text they contain is short, making navigation easier for people with muscle control problems.


All the images contained in the SID’s pages include a brief description in the ALT attribute.

If the picture requires a more detailed description it is included in the LONGDESC attribute.


The documents that can be downloaded through the pages of the Service of Information about Disability are in HTML, text or PDF format.

The HTML documents and the text documents can be visualized by any Internet browser.

The PDF documents can be visualized with the free application Adobe Acrobat Reader. A version with accessibility options of the Acrobat document reader can also be downloaded.

As a result of the publication, on November 21, 2007, of Royal Decree 1494/2007, of November 12, by which the Regulations on the basic conditions for the access of people with disabilities to technologies, products and services related to the information society and social media were approved, in the Service of Information about Disability we follow the accessibility policy below:
  • Since most of the documents we find do not pass the Acrobat 8 Professional accessibility tests, we have decided on an alternative accessible solution, so that if a document does not pass the Acrobat validations, and it is not possible to make it Accessible at the SID, the text is extracted from the document and uploaded alongside the initial pdf document (for which maximum accessibility has not been achieved), in such a way that the pdf document and the text document provide an accessible solution
  • When we are dealing with protected pdf documents, if they are not accessible they are not uploaded

Visual Design

This website uses cascading style sheets for the visual formatting of the information.

Only relative font sizes, compatible with the personal options of the browser’s text size, have been used.

The SID's team has tested the correct visualization of this website through different versions of the main browsers (Internet Explorer 5.0 and above, Mozilla, Opera) and on different platforms. However, if the browser you use does not support style sheets, it is possible to browse the pages with no visualization problem. Select the "No style" option if you wish to visualize the pages with no type of visual formatting.

If you still have visualization problems of any type do not hesitate to contact the SID and we will attempt to solve the problem as soon as possible.


Documentation of interest

The following documentation contains guidelines, examples, solutions, etc. related to electronic accessibility.