The project SYMBIOS website was designed following the guidelines of accessibility and usability of the WAI initiative (Web Accesibility Initiative), which sets international standards to ensure Web contents accessibility to everyone.

The following basic accessibility criteria were duly accomplished

  • Presentation of the items on display was made in accordance to a logical order.
  • Simplified navigation systems were used: drop-down menuswere avoided.
  • Descriptive text images were chosen.
  • Access keys to the main options were introduced.
  • A good organization was implemented: each page is wasorganized in a clear and structured way to improve navigation and,thus, to better usability.
  • A site map was made available: It provides a clear overview on the site.
  • Used language. A clear and planelanguage was chosen for to facilitatea better understanding and an easier reading on the computer monitor.

Using accessibility features

Accessibility features varies depending on the browsers used. This section describes the specific methods to make the most of each one'scharacteristics.


Access to the links that have a shortcut key set is performed by pressing different key combinations, depending on the browser:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer. Press the following key combination: Alt + shortcut key + return key.
  • Firefox and Netscape. Simultaneously press athe shift key (used to write the capitals one by one) and Alt, as well as the shortcut key.
  • Opera 7 and above.Simultaneously pressthe ashift key (used to write the capitals one by one) and Esc; then release both keys and just press the shortcut key.

In Mac, the Ctrl key has to be used, instead of the Alt key,

In this site,the following shortcut keys are available:

  • 0 - Home
  • 1 - Site Map
  • 2 - Accessibility
  • 3 - Contact
  • 4 - Project
  • 5 - Partners
  • 6 - Products

Size of texts

The pages of this site specify the size of the text on a relative form, that is, they allow the browsers to increase or decrease the text size according to the user's preferences, and without creating displaying problems.

You can control the text size in your browser by doing as follows:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: By using the menu " View " > " text size ".
  • Netscape and Firefox: By using the menu " View " > " Text Size " or by using the key combination Ctrl "+" or Ctrl " - " to respectively increase or decrease the text size. Pressing Ctrl =the normal size text is restored.
  • Opera 7 and above: By using the menu "View" > "Scale" or by using the -, e, * keys, depending on whetheryou want to increase, decrease or resetthe text size.