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Accessibility in the learning zone

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History wants to make its website as accessible to as many people as possible. We have designed the learning zone using cascading style sheets which should improve accessibility for all. We have included alternate text on all images and titles on most links.

Accessibility checks
This site has been validated using the W3C service. Both the XHTML and CSS passed validation. We believe that the learning zone satisfies all priority 1 and 2 checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, attaining the Double-A Conformance level.

Valid XHTML 1.0!      Valid CSS!      Level Double-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

PDFs (Portable document files)
Most of our activity sheets are given as PDFs, although where possible, we have also provided this content in an alternative format. All our PDFs pass the Adobe accessibility quick check and pass the full check if 'image only' status is taken into account. To read these files you will need Adobe Acrobat reader.
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Javascript
Wherever possible we have avoided the use of javascript. However, some mouseover effects and our interactive games, including 'The A to Z of natural history', 'Animal I.D.' and 'The rock cycle' are designed using this language. Although we have done our utmost to validate these pages according to W3C standards, they may not be available to all users. If this is the case, and you would like us to provide you with an alternate format, please, contact us.
Contact thezone@oum.ox.ac.uk

Tables
The majority of the site has been formatted and positioned using CSS. Unfortunately some of our exisitng material was so dependent on a table layout that it could not be converted to the new format.

Design specifications
The pages are designed for a screen resolution 640 by 480. Although the site is optimised for IE6, we have tested it on Netscape 4.08, Netscape 7.2, Opera 7.54, and the latest versions of Mozilla and Firefox. Versions of IE for the Macintosh and Safari are also functional.

Font size
The font size of most of the text within the site is adjustable. In Internet Explorer you can easily increase or decrease the font size by pressing the 'control' key on your keyboard while moving the 'scrolling wheel' on your mouse.

Further information
If you have any further questions or comments on this site or others within the Museum's pages, please contact us. For further details of access on the web read the University's accessibility statement.
Contact website@oum.ox.ac.uk
University accessibility statement