The University of Salamanca website ( is being developed so everyone, regardless of physical, mental or technical abilities can access all information available. This is in accordance with UNE 139803:2004 (AENOR) of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).




To improve access, the following steps have been taken:

Design and Layout

  • Content and presentation are separated by style sheets.
  • Use of relative units (allows for text re-sizeing and fluid design).
  • All of the information transmitted in colour can also be viewed without so as to facilitate users who's systems do not support colour.


  • To facilitate ease of navigation, all the documents of the site have a similar navigation structure.
  • Information about the general layout of the portal is available on the web map.
  • Immediate visibility and orientation: Breadcrumb is a mechanism for keeping track of the user’s location within an application. A pathway can be maintained from the homepage to the current document.

Shortcut keys

To facilitate direct access to the main sections without the use of a mouse

  • Studies: 1
  • Research: 2
  • International: 3
  • The University: 4
  • University Online: 5
  • Accessibility: a
  • Help: 6
  • Directory: 7
  • Web map: 8


The use of shortcuts is determined by your browser:


  • Internet Explorer: Alt + shortcut letter + [release] + Enter
  • Mozilla/Firefox 1.x: Alt + shortcut letter
  • Firefox 2.x, 3.x: Alt + Shift + shortcut letter
  • Netscape: Alt + Shift + shortcut letter
  • Opera: Shift + Esc + [release] + shortcut letter


  • Internet Explorer: Ctrl + shortcut letter + [release] + Return
  • Mozilla/Firefox 1.x: Ctrl + shortcut letter
  • Firefox 2.x: Ctrl + Shift + shortcut letter
  • Netscape: Ctrl + Shift + shortcut letter
  • Opera: Shift + Esc + [release] + shortcut letter
  • Safari: Ctrl +  acceskey


To facilitate direct access to all contents, the portal offers a search engine present in all site documents. Also, there are different search engines available depending on skill levels and preferences.


Some of the pages on the new USAL website may not yet comply fully with all access guidelines. These exceptions apply to:

  • The pages that have not yet been converted to the new technology.
  • A small number of pages that have been converted to the new technology but are still being proccessed so accessibility can be improved.