The University of Portsmouth is committed to increasing the accessibility of information to all users, including visitors with visual or motor impairments. This statement outlines our activities and achievements so far in increasing accessibility.

Should you encounter any problems in accessing these pages, or you would like to suggest improvements, please contact

Moodle Accessibility block

Moodle features an accessibility block which enables students and staff to set personal settings for their view of Moodle. Font size, font colour and background colour can be personalised and saved for the next visit.

Please see the video below for more information.

Standards compliance

Our aim is for all pages within the domain to comply with priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

We are striving towards validating all pages as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, whilst using structured semantic markup, with CSS 2.1 for page design.

The use of tables for non-tabular information is being phased out, however some may remain in the transitional period of changeover from immediately after site launch to early 2008.

Access keys

Nearly all modern browsers support jumping to key links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, this is done by pressing ALT + an access key, on Macintosh, press Control + an access key.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - Home page.
  • Access key 2 - Skip to content.
  • Access key 4 - Put cursor in the search box.
  • Access key 0 - Help/Accessibility details (this page).

Text resizing

The text on this website is built to resize in order to be as flexible as possible to users with different needs. Text can be increased or decreased from your browser tool bar, or on Windows, if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can hold down ALT and scroll the wheel backwards or forwards to alter the text size.


Within these pages there are links to external sites that are not part of the domain. The University of Portsmouth cannot guarantee the level of compliance of these external pages.

We are currently undertaking a project to increase the accessibility of all our pages. At this moment in time some of our pages have not been improved and are therefore not as accessible as we would like. These pages include the University Library pages at and our Research groups under

Accessibility software

  • Browse Aloud free software that works with your browser to read aloud on Browse Aloud enabled websites (including this site)
  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows.
  • Opera, a web browser with enhanced accessibility-related features which include text zooming, and the use of customised user stylesheets. Windows, Macintosh, Linux, versions available.
Last modified: Friday, 23 February 2018, 12:16 PM