This page describes the current state of accessibility in ScOPTbox.

Our goal is for ScOPTbox to be fully accessible and usable for all users regardless of ability.

This site has been built to certain web standards in order to make this site accessible to as many people as possible.

ScOPTbox is powered by Moodle, an online learning platform. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that helps Web developers make sites accessible. When deciding how Moodle should present its content for best Web accessibility, the WCAG 2.0 guidelines is followed. See for more information. There is a list of accessibility issues with Moodle, organised by priority. This list is always changing.

The Moodle platform is a complex system with many parts. Its code is always evolving. Modules can be switched on or off. The interface can be heavily customised using themes and thousands of settings. Actual content can be produced by many different people. As such it is impossible to say with 100% certainty whether Moodle (or ScOPTbox) is absolutely accessible or not. Accessibility is not a state, it is a process of continuous improvement in response to our users and the wider technical environment.

Reasonable Adjustments

We have made reasonable adjustments to ScOPTbox to enable fair access. Please do contact us if you have problems though, and we'll do our very best to supply the information you need in a different format.

Screen-reader support

Moodle supports two screen reader configurations:

      • Microsoft Internet Explorer supports Jaws (minimum version 15)
      • Mozilla Firefox supports NVDA (minimum version 2014.1)

Accessibility block

The block appears on the right hand side of every page and allows you to customise ScOPTbox to your visual needs. It supports changing of text sizes and colour schemes. Customisations are active throughout your time on ScOPTbox, and persist between pages, but they will reset on your next visit. Alternatively, customisations can also be saved to the database allowing you to apply them permanently.

The block also integrates ATBar from Southampton University ECS. This provides extra tools and customisation options, including dictionary lookup and Text-to-Speech. Visual customisations performed with ATBar don't currently persist between pages. They can be used as well as or instead of the block's own customisations.

Current access issues on ScOPTbox

We intend to add to this list as we become aware of problems with ScOPTbox. If you notice anything that concerns you, help us out by letting us know!

  1. Decorative images on the site may not have alternative text, but only if they do not carry any useful information, or if they duplicate nearby written text.
  2. We are aware of a few combinations of text zoom and screen width where the menu at the top of the page becomes obscured by the title of the page.


If you have any comments about the accessibility of ScOPTbox, or if you would like to make a suggestion to help us make ScOPTbox more accessible, please do email us at

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Last modified: Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 11:28 PM