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AccessibilityThe Southampton Solent University staff and student Portal aims to conform to the following web accessibility guidelines in order to ensure that the website is accessible to users with a range of disabilities, including those with visual impairments:

  • W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines priority 1 and 2 guidelines
  • XHTML 1.0
  • CSS 2.0

Steps taken to improve accessibility

Changeable text size
PDF Documents
Printable pages
Skip links
Changing background colour
Tables and forms
Text only
More help

Changeable text size

The portal uses an easy to read non-serif font type. 

You can change the text size directly from the accessibility toolbar in the located in the footer.

Change text size

You can also make the text on the website larger or smaller using your browser's controls. See change text size page for further instructions.


Javascript can be turned off and the site is still fully functional; all Javascript is used in the spirit of progressive enhancements.


All links use descriptive links (e.g. Find out more about Accessibility instead of Click here)


We have used Flash videos on the portal to create a rich multimedia experience for our users. We aim to make our video and audio content accessible to everyone by providing transcripts or captions wherever possible. All images have alternative descriptive text.

PDF Documents

Some documents in this site are stored in Portable Document Format (PDF). This file format is used to store document with complex formatting that the authors would like to preserve (typically text in several columns and mixed with a number of graphics).

To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (or an equivalent PDF viewer) installed: click the following link below to download the software:

Adobe provide a free online tool which converts PDF files to text. The service will return the document to you as a web page (HTML) or as plain text:

Printable pages

Use your browser's Print function to automatically print pages without any navigation elements.

Skip Links

To support visually impaired users and keyboard users pages have a 'skip to content' at the top of the page which allows users to skip over the navigation links to the main content of the page. 

Changing background colour

You can change the background colour of the portal directly from the accessibility toolbar in the located in the footer.

Change background colour

The portal design uses an easy-to-see contrasting web colour scheme but because Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) are used to define styles it is also possible to use your own custom stylesheets. If your browser does not support CSS or if you turn CSS off in your browser, the content should still be readable. 

See Change Background Colours page for information about changing the colours that your browser uses.

Tables and Forms

All WAI guidelines have been followed to ensure tables and forms are accessible.

Text only view

We provide a text only non-image based version of the portal, which is available from the text only link on the accessibility toolbar on the footer. 

Text only

Try out the text only link

More Help

If you are unable to read or comprehend any of the pages or documents on this site, please use our feedback form to contact us.

For more help on making websites more accessible to you, by changing your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings please go to the BBC website My Web My Way.

Page last updated on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 3.59pm.


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