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Web accessibility statement

In this section, we would like to explain the steps taken and the programming techniques used to make the website accessible

This web pages were designed and developed in compliance with guidelines set by CNIPA (the Italian National Centre for IT in Public Sector) according to the Stanca Act (Law n. 4, January 9, 2004 ) “Provisions to support the access to information technologies for the disabled”.

  1. «accessibility»: the capability of computer systems, in accordance with the attained technological knowledge and its limits, to supply services and to provide information which can be availed of, without discrimination, also by those who need supporting technologies or special configurations because of some disability;
  2. «supporting technologies»: the tools and the technical hardware and software solutions that enable disabled users to overcome or reduce the initial disadvantages in accessing the information and the services supplied by computer systems.


We followed the regulations and accessibility standards: the guidelines for technical requirements (Stanca Act, art. 11) and the web accessibility guidelines by W3C (WAI initiative).

All the web pages have been developed according to XHTML 1.0 Strict DTD. All pages have been validated using the W3C Validator ( to verify whether the code actually follows the formal grammars rules published by W3C.

Non-text content is complete with text equivalents (alt attributes).

Content can be consulted even without a graphical background.

Flashing and moving effects have been avoided in order to reduce the chance of seizures and concentration difficulties, as well as to avoid malfunctions in supporting technologies.

The use of colours ensures sufficient contrast between foreground and background elements.
Contrast has also been tested through online tools such as Juicy Studio’s Colour Contrast Analyser (

Contents are presented through style sheets, and pages are arranged in a way that makes them readable even if style sheets are out of use or not supported.

Page layout and content autonomously adjust to the browser page size with no objects overlapping and without losing useful information, even when the window is reduced or magnified or character size is changed.
It must be noted that characters can be enlarged to any size, without causing content to overlap.

Tables were not for layout.

When tables were needed to organise data, appropriate tags and HTML attributes were added so that everyone would be able to access our pages, even with screen readers.

This website’s content is usable even when scripts and applets are turned off or not supported.

No frames were used.

Headings (H1 – H6) allowed to organise page content logically and hierarchically, therefore making it easier for screen readers to go through the website.

All the hyper textual links are marked with clear, relevant text – which can be understood also outside its context – indicating their destination.
Techniques used allow to move to a specific point in the page when it is too long.

The main link can be selected and activated using a keyboard, keyboard emulation programs or pointing devices other than a mouse.

It must be noted that shortcuts are used to a limited extent trying to avoid conflicting with existing screen reader keyboard shortcuts.
For this reason, we chose to use only numbers (1 to 5) to select the main links.
Moreover, a dedicated page (GUIDE) suggests users the official guide by Jaws screen reader.

Selecting a link is made easier by spaces between link lists (vertical) and between subsequent links (horizontal): they are separated by at least 1 em.

More information:

The Acronym tag is used to provide full names for acronyms.

All pages contain a mechanism (breadcrumb menu) indicating at which point in the page you are, and allowing you to select previous pages.

This website’s pages have been tested on the following browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5-6-7, Netscape 4.7, Firefox 1.01, Opera 3.0, Safari 1.0 and text only browsers like Lynx.
Blind users with Jaws screen readers versions 4.51 and 5.10 tested this website’s pages.
The user is allowed to choose from several contrast colours, for the benefit of people suffering from any eye disease.
In presentation texts, words were chosen avoiding sudden changes in tone and rhythm. In this way, we tried to make screen reading more agreeable.
Style in texts aims to communicate the strong sense of commitment that accompanied this project.

Following some valuable meetings with our users, we identified three target users: blind, partially sighted and facilitators, and we conceived this website for the benefit of all of them.
To make navigation more user-friendly when using screen readers, we suggest a link to the official guide provided by Jaws, in our “Guide” section.

Should you need more information, please write to:

The editorial staff at
The webmaster at

Best regards.