Accessible Internet

University Hospital Cologne designed this webpage with accessibility in mind.

Accessible webpages enable people with different disabilities and older people with age-related impaired hearing or sight to actively participate in life. However, they are not only beneficial to people with a disability, they also provide a clean and tidy structure, user friendly navigation and short loading times.

The aim is to make the content accessible regardless of the output device (browsers, PDAs, screen readers, search engines, etc.).

We endeavour to adapt our webpages to the standards for accessible webpages. Should you have difficulty accessing our pages or have suggestions for improvement, please contact us by e-mail so that we can address the issue.

As a rule:

  • A webpage is accessible when all problematic issues have been removed which could make accessing the content difficult or impossible.
  • An accessible webpage is not conceived as an additional option and instead presents all content in a clearly structured way (using XHTML).
  • Content and design are kept strictly separate.

The Word Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has devised rules intended to ensure that the wealth of information available on the Internet can be accessed regardless of the output device.

The importance of this concern is evidenced in the Germany Equality Act for People with Disabilities, which among other things requires all federal agencies, bodies and institutions to be accessible.

We have worked hard to comply with the rules of accessibility in designing this website.

As a result, among other things we do not use:

  • content that flashes or flickers,
  • frames (except for the search function)
  • tables as layout elements,
  • text information hidden in graphic elements.

In compliance with the W3C standards, we use:

  • customisable font sizes (configurable through your browser’s font menu)
  • a layout which separates structure and content,
  • comments for all images and links (these display when you hover the mouse cursor over an image),
  • tables only to display information in a table format.

Font sizes

You can change the webpage’s font size as follows:

  • in Internet Explorer: View - Text Size
  • in Netscape, Mozilla or Firefox: Press CTRL and + (plus) or - (minus) at the same time
  • In Opera: Appearance - Font Size

If Javascript is activated, you can make the font size bigger, smaller or reset it to the default setting by clicking on the three different-sized capital A’s in the website header (to the right of the search field).

Optimisation for tablets (e.g. iPad) and smartphones (e.g. iPhone)

We offer a custom presentation for devices such as tablet PCs and smartphones. You will be able to view all the content of our usual webpage on these devices.

In addition, we give smartphone users the option to select and directly dial the displayed telephone numbers.

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