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Website Assessibility statement

This accessibility statement relates to the Department of Computer Science website on

This website is run by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Web site accessibility for disabled users was enshrined in UK law under the SENDA (Special Educational Needs and Disability Act, Disability Discrimination Act Part 4) legislation of 2001, and the subsequent Disability Discrimination Act 2005. Under the terms of this act it is illegal for a higher education institution to treat people with disabilities less favourably or to fail to make reasonable adjustments to meet their needs.

The Department of Computer Science strives to make all of its electronic resources as accessible as possible to all of our users, regardless of their particular circumstances. If you find any problems in accessing information from our site, please contact the Webmaster about any problems in accessing information from our site.

The main site was redesigned in 2015 using templates aimed at ensuring good accessibility.

Site Navigation

There is a top level links navigation bar at the top of each page. Those items provide drop down menus that provide quick access to the top two levels of navigation.

Below the top level links navigation bar there is a 'breadcrumb trail' showing where you are within the main logical structure of the site and links to climb back up through the levels of the site.

Where relevant pages have a set of navigation links on the left relevant to the current location.

At the top right of every page is a search box in which to type a general search query. The search uses google.

Site Presentation

Page layout

This site does not use frames to organise the layout of the pages. Layout tables are only used sparingly.

Each page has a navigation panel at the left as explained above.

The footer area of every page contains links to the copyright, cookies and accessibility statements.


Presentation of the site content is achieved by using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and a 'Responsive layout'.

All modern browsers have a 'Zoom' feature that allows the end user control over the size of the text. The level of zoom is left to the individual via their browser defaults. The responsive layout allows a zoom of 300%.


Images used in this site should include descriptive ALT attributes. Where decorative graphics are used these may include null ALT attributes instead.


We try to ensure that link text makes sense out of context and that it accurately describes the pages it points to. You can use the tab key on your keyboard (as well as your mouse) to move from consecutive link to link.


All pages should explicitly declare the default language using a lang attribute in the html tag. If some parts of a page are in another language then the lang attribute of that element should be appropriately set.

HTML Version

The majority of the site is written in HTML 5.

Non-HTML formats

Where links are to non HTML documents this is typically indicated in the text or link name. Such documents are typically PDF files. When generating such files we try to make sure they are viewable in all viewers. If you experience a problem with a specific document please let the Webmaster know about the problem with that document so they can try to rectify the situation.

Documents and Videos

Course material documents (such as lecture notes, problems sheets), are usually provided as PDF output.

Provision of closed-captioning for video material (e.g. lecture capture content) in advance is not done due to the disproportionate cost, however discussions are had where there is a need for our students or staff and appropriate arrangements and adjustments agreed.

University Web Accessibililty Policy

The university also has a web accessibility policy.