OII Accessibility Policy

Standard compliance

The Oxford Internet Institute is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives members of the public and members of the University community full access to University information, courses and activities offered publicly through the web. All pages should validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict. The templates use Cascading Style Sheets. These pages meet the checkpoints of the Web Accessibility Initiative's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0, as specified by the University of Oxford Web Accessibility Policy to Level-AA standards, and most pages on this website conform to the AAA standard.

Users should note that, although this site supports basic rendering for legacy browsers, accessibility features are optimised for users of Internet Explorer versions higher than 6, Netscape versions higher than 4, and other browsers complying to the standards.

Information in alternative formats

We offer alternative formats for web pages on this website in the following alternative formats

  • Large Print
  • Audio (CD)

To request a web page in an alternative format please email webhelp@oii.ox.ac.uk

Provision will normally be within 15 working days of acknowledgement.


A description of every image is provided, either in the alt tag or on the page itself.


We try to ensure that link text makes sense out of context and that it accurately describes the pages it points to.

PDF files

Some of the information on our website is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website. Later versions of this software provide a number of features that improve access for users.

While we make every effort to use all Adobe Acrobat’s accessibility features for new PDF documents we make available on our website, some of these and older PDF documents may not all be equally accessible. This may be due to the complexity of the content or due to being produced when accessibility technology in PDF was still evolving. In such cases, we offer alternative formats for PDF content in Word, Rich Text Format or plain text.

To request PDF content in an alternative format please email webhelp@oii.ox.ac.uk, specifying your preferred format, Word, Rich Text or plain text.

Provision will normally be within 15 working days of acknowledgement.

Webcasts (audios and videos)

At present, video is available as h.264 encoded MP4, which is a cross-platform format playable in a selection of players. The streams are viewable either embedded in the page in a flash based player, or can be downloaded and viewed in an external player, such as VLC Player or iTunes. For some Webcasts, an alternative mp3 (audio) file is also available.

Unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer a simultaneous captioning service alongside a Webcast. We are, however, able to offer transcripts of any recordings we make available on our website.

To request a transcript please email webcast@oii.ox.ac.uk

Provision will normally be within 15 working days of acknowledgement.

Further enquiries and help

If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our websites interferes with your ability to access the information, please email webhelp@oii.ox.ac.uk

If you have any queries or require help, please email webhelp@oii.ox.ac.uk