The primary aim of this site is to create an effective tool to maximise accessibility for users, regardless of technical or other obstacles.
For this reason all the pages have been formulated according to a formal syntax, following the standard xhtml transitional 1.0 (cf. http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/
which allows free access to information unencumbered by either tools or technology chosen.
While there is no law obliging such an approach (Stanca law - 9 January 2004
), much emphasis has been given to checking accessibility requirements, to permit access to users regardless of disability, at least with regard to A and AA priorities outlined in the WAI 1.0 guidelines (cf. http://www.aib.it/aib/cwai/WAI-trad.htm
The following aspects in particular have been taken into account:
- Provision of alternative content for any type of multimedia (graphics, video, audio, animation);
- Allowing for "graceful transformation" of pages where there is tabular informatiion involved.
The layout of each page has been developed by laying out the code in functional blocks (include) to increase readability and to allow for re-usability.
The "skeletal structure" of pages has been achieved only with HTML <div> elements.
Each page has been carefully validated, but to ensure constant evolution and better service, you are asked to notify us, through contacts
, where unforeseen error or inaccuracy occurs.
With regard to the formal syntax indicated above the site’s graphics have been achived completely through CSS (cf. http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/
this technique permits a notable reduction in "weight" (in terms of Kb) of web pages, by completely separating structure and presentation (graphic) elements of the site.
In particular, to facilitate printing and browser use as well as less powerful connectivity/bandwidth, alternative stylesheets have been created for print and "testo only" purposes.
The basic code structure has been validated with the help of tools available through W3C.
The contents are managed through CMS: sometimes, therefore, there could be code inaccuracies where elements have not been foreseen by developers.
To navigate the ANS site it is possible to use a series of access keys
(or quick choice keys
), to go directly to the main sections of the site.
How to use the quick choice keys:
- with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 press Alt + access key + enter simultaneously
- with Mozilla 5.0,Firefox 188.8.131.52 and Netscape Navigator 8.1 press Alt + accesskey simultaneously
- Shift + Esc + [accesskey] in Opera 9 (Windows or Mac)
- Ctrl + [accesskey] in Internet Explorer 5.2 (Mac), Safari 1.2 (Mac), Firefox (Mac), Mozilla (Mac), Netscape 6+ (Mac)
Note: if the access key is a number, use those under the function keys on the top row of the keyboard, not the right hand side numerical keys.
The following are the active access keys on the ANS site:
|GENERAL ACCESS KEYS
||go to Home Page
||go to News section
||go to Service section
||go to Editorial section
||go to Photochronicle section
||go to Agenda section
||go to Video section
||go to Ans Photo section
||go to Audio section
||go to Newsletter
||go to Image Bank
||go to About us section
||go to Contacts section
||go to F.A.Q. section
||go to Press Office section
||go to Advance Search
||go to Italian version
||go to English version
||go to Spanish version
||go to French version
||go to Portuguese version
||go to Polish version
||go to Credits
||go to W3C Compliance
In spite of the many tests carried out it is still possible that unknown to us one or more pages of the ANS portal are inaccessible to some categories of users.
If this is the case, we are sorry and ask you to be good enough to inform us of any problems met with so that as soon as possible corrections may be made.
The address to use in these cases is firstname.lastname@example.org