Access keys

Most browsers allow you to access specific links by means of keys defined on the website. To activate these keyboard shortcuts, press ALT + Shift + number or letter of shortcut on a PC (then validate with Enter key for Internet Explorer) and Control + number or letter of shortcut on a Mac.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 − Home page
  • Access key 2 − About EIB  
  • Access key 3 − Products
  • Access key 4 − Projects
  • Access key 5 − Investor Relations
  • Access key 6 − InfoCentre
  • Access key 0 − Accessibility statement
  • Access key c − Skip to content
  • Access key n − Skip to navigation
  • Access key s − Search

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site are believed to be WCAG AAA approved, complying with all priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Many guidelines are intentionally vague and can not be tested automatically.
  2. All pages on this site are believed to be Section 508 approved, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. Many guidelines are intentionally vague and can not be tested automatically.
  3. All pages on this site should validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict.
  4. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 tags for subtitles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3.

Navigation aids

  1. The home page and all sub pages include a search box (access key s). Advanced search options are available at the advanced search page.


  1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
  2. Links are written to make sense out of context.


  1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  2. Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non−visual readers.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user−specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Accessibility references

  1. W3C accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. W3C accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. W3C accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
  4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time−limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
  3. Lynx, a free text−only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  4. Links, a free text−only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  5. Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility−related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility services

  1. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  2. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  3. Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
  4. Total Validator, all-in-one validator.
  5. Fujitsu Web Accessibility Inspector, the program is available at anytime as a free download from the Fujitsu Web site.
  6. WebAIM, Web Accessibility In Mind

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