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Rio Tinto recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to everyone and easy to use. On this page we outline our ongoing commitment to making our online services accessible and explain the accessibility features of this site.

Accessibility features on this website

The following features have been introduced to improve navigation for screen reader users, keyboard navigation and users of text-only browsers.

Access keys

The following keyboard shortcuts can be used instead of a mouse for navigation; these allow quick and easy access to key areas of the site. These keys have been chosen to follow the UK government website guidelines where possible.

S - Skip navigation
1 - Home page
2 - Site map
3 - About us
4 - Product and services
5 - Media
6 - Help
7 - N/A
8 - Site terms and conditions
9 - Contact us
0 - Accessibility

Use of access keys depends on the type of browser being used:

  • Internet Explorer 7 or higher: Hold down the ALT key, press the chosen access key, and then press Enter to activate the link.
  • Firefox 3.0 or higher: Hold down the Shift and ALT key and press the chosen access key.

Other features

HTML heading tags are used to convey the document layout and make it simpler for screen readers to navigate using a list of headers. Navigation menus are marked up as HTML lists which ensures that the number of links in the list is read out at the start and also that they can be skipped easily.

Our pages are optimised to be viewed at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, however the design also accommodates users viewing at 800 x 600 pixels resolution.

For more information and advice on how to change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse to make this and other websites more accessible, please visit the BBC website My web My way.

Commitment to accessibility

We acknowledge the importance of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995, the World Wide Web Consortiums' (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Section 508 of the U.S.A Federal Electronic Rehabilitation Act all of which state that provision must be made to ensure that all products and services are accessible to disabled users.

At Rio Tinto, we are committed to making our online services inclusive because accessibility has a positive effect on general usability and we believe that websites that are accessible and usable benefit everyone. We will continue to review, test and modify our website for usability and accessibility issues and aim to ensure maintaining compliance is part of our ongoing commitment.

We aim to achieve and maintain optimum accessibility by regularly carrying out a combination of both expert reviews and 'real' user testing. We believe that automated test tools alone are unable to assess accessibility effectively.