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Accessibility Statement

A number of features have been implemented in Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker to make the site more accessible to people with visual, motor or cognitive disabilities. Some of these features may not be visible in your browser but can improve accessibility for people using assistive technologies. We are committed to making our interface and content compliant with current accessibility standards. At present we are aiming to comply with a number of WAI Priority 1 accessibility standards, and some features also contribute towards compliance with Priority 2 and 3 guidelines.
For any queries about accessibility in Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker, please contact our Webmaster.

Note: Keyboard navigation may not be supported by Firefox or Netscape on certain pages in Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker. If you encounter any problems, please use Internet Explorer.


Keyboard access

The following access keys have been assigned to links to the main areas of the site, making it possible to navigate around the site without using a mouse:

0=Accessibility Statement
1=Home Page
2=Help
3=All Sections
4=Literary
6=Non-Literary
7=Letters
8=Diaries
9=Register
C=Table of Contents
l=More Information
J=Works by Author
U=Search History
Y=Marked List
Q=Webmaster
R=Copyright
S=Skip navigation


To use the access keys:

  1. Hold down the Alt key and press the assigned access key.
  2. Press Enter.
    The page you have chosen should now open.

Note: access keys are supported in Internet Explorer 4.x upwards, Netscape 6.0 upwards and Mozilla Firefox 1.0 upwards.

Note: Mac users should hold down the Ctrl key and press the assigned access key.

Navigation aids

A "Skip navigation" link (the wording is "Jump to main content") has been provided at the top of each page to enable users with screen readers to go directly to the content of the page without needing to repeat the navigation links. It is invisible to the naked eye but can be read by screen readers.

Other accessibility features

A text description has been added to each image within <alt> tags. This will appear as a 'tooltip' to users with visual browsers and will also be read out by screen readers. Images used purely for decorative purposes contain a null value so they will not be read by screen readers or generate a 'tooltip' unnecessarily.

All forms have been labelled to make them easier to understand for people using assistive technology. Text associated with a particular form field has been given a label in the HTML code to show the relationship. These labels are not visible on the screen but will be read out by screen readers and other assistive technologies.

Send your suggestions, comments or queries to our Webmaster.

Accessibility Statement