Accessibility Details

Standards Compliance

The TEC aims to make this website as accessible as possible. The site has been built using XHTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and is compliant with W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, Level A conformance.

The information on this page addresses the following areas:

Access Keys
Skip Navigation
Printer Friendly
Resizing Text
Changing the Stylesheet
Browser Compatibility

Access Keys
Access Keys allow you to access the main navigation elements by using your keyboard. If you are using Windows on a PC, press ALT + access key, then enter/return. If you are using a Macintosh press Control + access key, then enter/return.

There are four main areas of navigation on this site:
The navigation across the top of the page links to a keyword search facility, the site index and information on accessibility and international students, as well as a quick link to the University homepage.

The access keys for this navigation area are as follows:

  • Site Map - i
  • Accessibility - a
  • TEC Home - h

The Search facility can be accessed by using the tab button on your keyboard to navigate to the text box. Then enter your search keyword in the text box, tab to the 'Go' button and then press enter/return. This will bring you to the search results page.

The TEC logo acts as a navigation device to the TEC homepage. The access key for this navigation area is TEC - h.

The main navigation and side navigation on the TEC site is dynamically generated so users should use the tab key + enter on their keyboard to move through this area of navigation. The tab key + enter can be used to access all links on a page. To move back through links, press shift + tab + enter.

When visiting the TEC site, the following access keys apply to the main navigation:

  • Home - 1
  • Introduction to TEC - 2
  • The TEC Synthesis Report - 3
  • The TEC Thematic Evaluations - 4
  • The TEC in Translation - 5
  • Other Evaluations and Reviews - 6
  • TEC Meetings/Workshops - 7
  • Members - 8
  • Press Centre - 9

Skip Navigation
For those of you using screen readers, you are given the option to skip the navigation elements at the start of each page and go directly to the main content. The access key assigned to 'Skip Navigation' is k.

Printer Friendly
The pages on this site are all printer-friendly and only the logo, relevant headings and main content will appear on the printouts. Navigation elements will not be printed.

Resizing Text
As relative font sizes (small, medium, large etc.) and not pixel-based font sizes have been used on this site, you can easily resize the text. To do do so, please follow the steps below relevant to your browser:

Internet Explorer: View > Text size
Netscape: Edit > Preferences > Appearance > Fonts OR View > Text Zoom
Opera: File > Preferences > Fonts > Minimum font size (pixels) OR View > Zoom

Alternatively, scroll with the wheel of your mouse whilst holding down the control key.

Changing the Stylesheet
If you would prefer to use your own stylesheet, follow the steps below relevent to your browser to override the attached style sheet. Please note that if you choose to do this, the intended presentation will be lost.

Internet Explorer: Tools > Internet Options > General > Accessibility > Tick 'Format documents using my style sheet' > Browse (to your style sheet)
Opera: File > Preferences > Page Style > My Style Sheet > Browse (to your style sheet)

Browser Compatibility
The site has been tested and provides full functionality on the following browsers and platforms:

  • Internet Explorer 5.2 - Macintosh
  • Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 - Windows 2000
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 - Windows XP
  • Netscape 7.0 - Macintosh, Windows 2000, Linux
  • Netscape 7.0 - Windows 2000, Linux
  • Netscape 7.1 - Windows XPOpera 7 - Windows 2000, Windows XP
  • Konqueror 3.0.5 - Linux
  • Mozilla 1.5 - Windows 2000
  • Mozilla 1.6 - Linux, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Macintosh
  • Safari 1.0 - Macintosh
  • AOL 7.0 - Windows 2000

The following browsers are problematic in terms of display, and as a result, functionality:

  • Netscape 6.2 - Windows 2000
  • Opera 6.0 - Macintosh

As these browsers can easily be upgraded for free and are used by a very small percentage of internet users, it was preferable to expect users to upgrade their browsers rather than to compromise the design and functionality of the site on more popular, modern browsers.

If you would like to upgrade your Netscape browser please visit:

If you would like to upgrade your Opera browser please visit:

As the site is built using CSS2, which is unsupported by IE 4 and below and Netscape 4 and below, it will not display or function as it should. Users of these browsers can still access the information, but without the intended presentation and a certain loss of functionality. As less than 1% of internet users rely on these browsers, it was decided once again, not to compromise the design and functionality of the site for users of more popular, modern browsers. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Password Protected Services

You are responsible for the safeguarding of any information, such as passwords and user IDs needed for your account with the TEC, and the TEC will not be responsible for any consequences of such information failing to be adequately safeguarded.

You should not enter information on behalf of another person or about any other person.

You are required to use all reasonable endeavours to ensure against unauthorised access to the service, in particular the use of user names and passwords by unauthorised individuals.

Password reminders and other information from the service will be sent to the email address you have given.